The rise of alternative schools: A paradigm shift in learning

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By Sanjana Samraj

May 18, 2024

According to a survey conducted by the Indian Market Research Bureau, 78 percent of parents believe that holistic development is more important than academic achievement.

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This sentiment is reflected in the growing enrollment numbers of alternative schools, which have increased by 15 percent annually over the past five years.

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Alternative education assesses children through formative assessments, and the focus is on helping the child express themselves through various mediums.

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Allowing children to collaborate, talk to each other, enjoy the learning process, innovate, and create art are all normal things compared to the strict rules set in schools.

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When we start looking at school as a part of life and not as a separate simulation, the existing system will slowly begin to look dystopian.

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To make children ready for the real world would be to give them an array of experiences and opportunities to learn to have inbuilt confidence and intrinsic motivation.

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According to data from the Ministry of Education, the number of alternative schools in India has more than doubled in the past decade, from 5000 in 2010 to over 12,000 in 2020.

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Alternative education is not a magical cure for all of the existing problems, but definitely our best shot at fixing the Indian education system.

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