The faith that staying in the same school from Class 1 to Class 10/12 has huge benefits is not only overrated and flawed but is actually an incurable disease that causes irreparable damage.
The only advantage of staying in the same school is that one doesn’t need to waste a few days on changing schools, taking papers from one, and equally realizing that illiterate monsters actually run your revered private school.
Schooling is a recent phenomenon, and just because many cope with it doesn’t mean it’s a suitable education system for everyone.
As a parent (“owner” of your children), you need to understand these so that you may contribute to your children’s life positively and make them successful: –
The school’s one-size-fits-all approach to education may not be suitable for every student’s needs and circumstances.
Limited exposure and perspectives:
Staying in the same school throughout one’s academic journey may limit exposure to different teaching styles, educational philosophies, perspectives, and attitudes. Attending different schools or institutions can broaden students’ horizons and help them adapt to diverse learning environments, a valuable skill in the real world.
Lack of adaptability:
Students might become too comfortable in their environment by attending a single school for many years. When they eventually transition to higher education or the workforce, they might find it challenging to adapt to new surroundings and cope with change effectively.
Homogeneous learning environment:
Staying in the same school will expose students to a relatively homogenous learning experience. Different schools often offer distinct extracurricular activities, circles, and opportunities that contribute to a more well-rounded education. Exposure to various activities can help students discover their interests and talents beyond academics.
Not all schools can provide high-quality curricula. Students may miss out on specific opportunities or face academic and extracurricular growth limitations by staying in the same school with a poor curriculum.
Changing schools can expose students to a more diverse range of peers, helping them develop essential social skills and adaptability. In contrast, remaining in the same school might lead to insular social circles and hinder a student’s ability to interact with people from different backgrounds.
Different schools may have varying teaching methodologies and approaches to education. Switching schools can offer the chance to experience different teaching styles and find an approach that better suits a student’s learning preferences and strengths.
Addressing individual needs:
Not all schools are equipped to cater to the unique needs of every student. Some students may require specialized programs, individual attention, or specific resources that may not be available in their current school. Changing schools might be necessary to find an institution better suited to their needs.
Building resilience and Independence:
Transitioning to new schools requires resilience and adaptability, important life skills that can be developed by facing and overcoming new challenges. Staying in the same school might hinder the development of these vital characteristics.
Franchised Schools, Schools operating as chains, and Schools operated by real-estate companies are generally very poor at curriculum, very poor at hiring good teachers, and quite poor at administration as well. They are only good at marketing, selling skills, and massive building, so question how these things will improve your children’s academic achievement!
Staying in the same school for many years can expose students to a prolonged and potentially harmful environment if they encounter bullies. Being continuously subjected to bullying can lead to emotional distress, anxiety, and reduced self-esteem, affecting their ability to focus on their studies and enjoy a positive school experience. In most cases, the school’s staff are not interested in effectively addressing the bullying issue, exacerbating the problem.
Schools with toxic environments can be emotionally draining for students. Such an atmosphere arises from principals who are only good at selling skills and not academics, unsupportive teachers or staff, and a lack of emphasis on mental well-being. Long-term exposure to a toxic environment can harm a student’s mental health and academic performance.
In some instances, even in privileged families, the open schooling may become costly, and many parents could not find themselves in a suitable position to use it as an option.
But recently, due to the availability of technology and changing patterns of competitive exams, it is a suitable option if you find your children stuck in poor academic performance or a toxic school.
Open schooling allows you to use personalized learning and equally use several learning opportunities, like Khan Academy, edX, books and text materials of several authors, and private tutors.
Finally, change your school often; having selected a school, do not go under cognitive dissonance, your choice of school is not something written on Stone’s tablet that cannot be changed.
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