Jay Vasavada is a known name in Gujarati household as a youthful columnist, recreational film reviewer, inspiring public speaker and a nice personality.
There are another two names Dhaivat Shukla and Jajvalya Shukla, both are brothers. They are noted musicians and aesthetes.
What these youth icons have in common?
They were all home-schooled. In case of jay vasavada, hi s mother was the prime motivator whereas in case of Shukla Brothers, their father - a noted poet Rajendra Shukla - was the inspiration. Kavi Rajendra Shukla and his wife (Nayana Jani, a poetess too) allowed their children to learn without using any kind of formal known methods - schooling, exams, degrees, certificates etc.
So homeschooling is a known concept which has been practiced in Gujarat and India for many decades. Earlier children of royal families and then of feudal families were homeschooled to keep them away from mingling with ordinary children.
However, in recent times, the concept of homeschooling is in for different reasons
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOMESCHOOLING
Is homeschooling a new fad? Are parents doing it just because it is the stylish thing to do? Well, if that were the case, we would have a hard time explaining how people such as Jay Vasavada and Dhaivat and Jajvalya Shukla came to be homeschooled.
Parents have become so convinced that educators
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Indeed, homeschooling, in some form or another, has been around for many centuries. While some children were given the opportunity to study with great philosophers, most learned life skills from their parents. Just as a parent teaches a child to walk and talk, the parent from centuries ago also taught the child to cipher, build, and create the tools necessary for day-to-day living.
Most parents spend at least a portion of their time educating their children at home - even those who enrol their children in conventional or public schools. Common is the snapshot of a preschooler perched upon a loved ones lap for story time. For Kavi Rajendra Shukla the reasons were quite obvious and absolutely defined. He states these reasons in following words on his official website.
The reasons for homeschooling Dhaivat and Jajavlya are:
Why Do Families Decide to Homeschool?
Why are these families choosing homeschooling rather than the conventional classroom? Some of the most common reasons cited for homeschooling include:
A child with special needs - whether those needs are specific to learning style, development level, or overall physical health - may thrive in the homeschool atmosphere.Parenting Philosophy/Morals and Values
Private Schooling Options Were Unattainable or Unaffordable
This reminds me of recent ad campaign of Idea Mobile Service that plays on the idea of inaccessibility of schools in remote and rural areas.
There were a variety of other reasons mentioned for homeschooling children. These reasons ranged from a parents career to transportation and convenience, as well as children's behaviour problems at school.
Also, growing concern over school safety has led some parents to homeschooling. These reasons made up a much smaller percentage of the reasons cited.
The Challenges of Homeschooling
While there are many benefits to homeschooling, including a strengthened relationship between parent and child as well as a tailored educational process, there are certainly some negatives that should be discussed.
As you embark on your homeschooling program, take some time out to review the following questions, review your answers, and reflect on your own situation.
The Advantages of Homeschooling:
1. Because children who are homeschooled do have a fair amount of nonschool time, they also have time to go to the library, enjoy the park, e-mail their pen pals, or to talk on the telephone. There are plenty of opportunities for them to socialize with their peers.
2. Being a prepared homeschooler allows you to make decisions about how to teach a specialized or advanced subject in which you may not be proficient. The teaching parent can study the subject prior to teaching it, thereby not only teaching the child but learning a new skill along the way. Remember that you can also enlist the help of a tutor, friend, or fellow homeschooling parent who is proficient in that subject. (Homeschooling parents often "swap skills" - your child goes to their house for math; their child comes over to your place for Spanish.)
3. Who better to cater to a childs special needs than the person who has the closest interaction with him? Unfortunately, and through no fault of their own, most public school teachers do not have the luxury of forging a one-on-one relationship with a student in a classroom with up to twenty students. Often, by the time a teacher finds the methods that really click with a student with special needs, it is time for that student to move on to the next grade level. In the homeschooling environment, a parent can tailor a childs educational experience to fit the childs needs.
4.Actually, you dont have to quit your job. There are many families that have chosen to homeschool, and not by a long shot are all of them stay-at-home moms. Within the homeschooling population, you will find working parents, single parents, fathers, grandparents, and of course, stay-at-home moms. Because homeschooling is so flexible, you can keep your job, if you choose, while teaching your children during your hours at home.
In some dual-parent households, both parents work half time or three-quarters time. In some cases, the logistics are addressed by telecommuting to work. And, in the age of self-employment in so many careers, many moms and dads work from a home-based office. They can write reports while their child writes a research paper, call clients while their child takes a spelling quiz, or conduct meetings while their child is at Cub Scouts.REFERENCE
Brainerd, Sobanski, and Winegardner, Basic Skills of Homeschooling, Learning Express Press (New York)
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