Homeschooling - Yes Ma’am or a No, Please!
In the past two years, Indian parents have gotten a taste of teaching their children at home, albeit forced by lockdowns and a sudden flip to online learning. But what about homeschooling? Is that a better option, now that we are dealing with a new normal? The pandemic has given the idea of homeschooling its due share of the limelight, even going so far as positioning it as an alternative to traditional schooling.
Ms. Pranuthi Satyadass has been homeschooling her children for over a decade. She is now on a mission to handhold other parents looking to consider this option. Pranuthi says that homeschooling is revolutionary in terms of giving personalised and customized attention based on a child’s unique giftings. Her children not only get exposure to other interests such as sports and music, but also access to the best tutors where required. One of the key points she makes is that, unlike a traditional school that focuses on rectifying the weaknesses in a student’s performance, homeschooling can capitalize on children’s strengths. Kids can microfocus on the subjects they actually want to pursue in the future.
On the flip side, there are still many questions one might have regarding the success of homeschooling in India, the need for academic performance indicators, and the social growth of homeschooled children. Pranuthi goes on to lay such doubts to rest, putting forth facts and solutions to address these doubts.
At ViGEO, we believe that education should serve the student. We don’t need to ask whether homeschooling or the traditional classroom is better. The better question to ask is, “What is best for my child?” For most of us, the traditional classroom is the preferable option. For others, homeschooling can be a worthwhile possibility. Watch the video below to know more about the cause of homeschooling so you can better decide if it is something worth exploring further.
Pranuthi Sathyadass has an MSc in Family Resource Management. She was the HOD of Home Science at Baldwin's Women's College, Bangalore, before she began to homeschool her 3 children in 2012. Since then, she has been instrumental in enabling families to begin their homeschooling journey which has led to her taking on the consultation on a full-time and professional basis. She enjoys spending time baking, singing, and gardening together with her family.