I read an interesting article in Times Crest (TOI Crest) last week titled – Home is where school is.
It’s about couples all over India trying to give the best education (via schools) to their children and “moving” their workplaces and businesses on account of the same.
Here is a great snippet –
Parenting in India is evolving rapidly. Gone are the days when the father had no idea what class the child was in and just signed the report card while mothers regularly attended PTA meetings solo. In contrast, today’s parents are completely involved in every aspect of their child’s education, and put everything else in second place.
“Today, education is the great investment and everything else is transferable, ” says sociologist Shiv Visvanathan. “We live in a knowledge society where a good education repays you a hundredfold, more than business or property ever will. It isn’t surprising that parents have begun to invest in education over everything else. ”
Social commentator Santosh Desai believes this is the first generation of self-conscious parents. “Parenting in India was born as a concept only recently. Our parents didn’t really ‘parent’ us, they just let us be. But for today’s working couples, parenting has taken on a life of its own, more often than not becoming a third career, ” he says.
By the time the kid is out of school, s/he is proficient in more than two languages, has trained and mastered a couple of sports, has discovered an ‘arty’ side, is socially-conscious and environment friendly, and has a fair idea of what to do after school. “Today a good school is also a finishing school, ” says Visvanathan. “When a child exits school, s/he is a collection of brand names. It makes sense to package them well to ensure money, status and global mobility in the future. ”
Desai doesn’t entirely agree. “I think it is okay to think of all this after school, or probably even after graduation. There is absolutely no empirical evidence to prove that the right school will make a big difference to the child. In fact, just the opposite is happening. I believe putting one’s kid in the ‘perfect’ school with ‘perfect’ teachers and a ‘perfect’ environment is just parents zoning into their own sense of preciousness. Most so-called good schools sacrifice basic life skills, ” he says.
If you read the entire article, you will find many families who are making “sacrifices” for “schooling their children”. My heartfelt kudos to them and countless others who are not featured here. But what is the article trying to say in totality ?
Is it saying that most parents today are treating education as some kind of an investment fund ? Is it that a couple should now think of education as an investment on par with land and gold and such ? I am not sure this is such a good idea.
I wish could speak out of experience, but I feel that home education / homeschooling environment in India would be more beneficial to my toddler when he grows up. Hope by that time there will be some rules/laws recognizing homeschooling methods in India as well as some effective networks for homeschooled children and parents for support (like the facebook group I created few months back).
I mean this is the reason this blog exists, right ? I feel that “School is where the Home is”…