NATURALISM…Is it the future of education???

Last week I got an opportunity to visit one of the international school of my city…that visit changed my attitude towards nurturing kids of tender age…

The only thing which makes that school different from others is…they follow NATURALISM…they believe a child should learn from his natural environment rather than mugging up syllabus…in today’s fast paced life this concept is really difficult to digest…

As you enter the premises you can feel the Aura…I was greeted by two 2nd grade students Krish & Suhani…they showed me different sections of the school…but the shocking part for me was not their age but their fluency in English…most of the students in that school belonged to traditional families…their parents don’t know the single word of English but students were fluent in English…

Kids from 2 & 3 grade were using words like disparity & personify…can you believe that???…I can’t…I am commerce student still I don’t remember that I have ever used these two words in my life…

I also got a chance to attend their classes…and one thing that I observed…every class was alive and happening…every student was participating…there was eagerness to learn something new…which is missing in most of the students nowadays…they want to mug up and give exams but they don’t want to learn…but Riverside emphasizes on learning…teachers are trained to generate interest in every student…

I was sitting in grade 3…and teacher was showing video of their recent visit to slums…teacher asked ‘what’s the difference between you and them’…one of the student said ‘They don’t have toys and we have lots of toys, there is disparity’

Teacher again asked “What else did you notice?”

Students replied “We are of same age but their body weight and height were less”

Teacher “Why?”

Students “They don’t get healthy food as we do”

After that their teacher connected the entire video from three different viewpoints…social, moral & science…I have never attended this kind of classes…where teacher is connecting one subject from other subjects…students were learning moral and also what kind of diseases occur due to lack of nutrition’s and there are different sections of society…

Their teachers believe in law of readiness…until a student is ready to move further…they don’t…I mean who does that…there is no set syllabus, there is no uniform…they don’t believe in bookish knowledge…they are given opportunities and circumstances to learn from natural surroundings…teachers are not pushy…there is no formal sitting arrangement…they have chairs, cushions, poufs…students can sit anywhere they want to…though teachers make sure by the time they complete their schooling…they are at par with other board students…

In higher classes, students have freedom to color their hair or get a tattoo…they are given chance to shape their personality…even teachers are allowed to come in casuals…they can flaunt their tattoos and be themselves…and carry on their identity…there is no fakeness…in other schools, teacher are expected to dress and behave in certain way…but here environment was so friendly…students talk to their teachers openly about their love life’s and personal problems…  

I spent 5 hours in the school…talked with their teachers…they have changed the definition of leaner & teacher…they broke the conventional methods of teaching…from child psychology point of view…we can say “there is all round development of the child” …which is missing in other schools…

Of course there has been debate…whether their teaching style is reliable in long run or not…so much freedom can make students arrogant…they will not respect their elders…they might suffer from attitude problem…they might not able to cope up with competitive world outside…they might find it difficult to find a suitable vocation…there are so many questions hanging in the air…

I think till 6th or 7th grade we can follow Naturalism…it can develop eagerness to learn and moral ethics which is missing in most of the kids…after that syllabus should set for higher classes…in order to prepare students for competitive world…

About issue of Freedom…you can guide them counsel them…every action have some reaction…positivity and negativity would depend on the nature of your action…well this is my opinion…

What’s your opinion…do you think Naturalism should be adopted by other schools around the world…or there should be amalgamation of both conventional and naturalism methods of teaching…would really love to hear your thoughts…

Love AARYA

 

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13 thoughts on “NATURALISM…Is it the future of education???”

  1. This school to me sound like my school growing up in the U.S. Like all schools in the U.S really, the educational type of system they have in place. For example here in Spain in good schools of rich people they have to wear uniform, they are very strict, all classes count the same, e.t.c. In the U.S, that´s why I succeded over there in my studies and here in Spain I got kicked out pretty much out of the entire educational system. There in the U.S my counselor which had an earring by the way, and numerous teachers had tattoos or earrings which took me very much by surprise at a young age, since how can you think those “types” of people could be any good right? Well in the U.S they would see the students for who they where. They didn´t push the students to succeed in every class. If you where good at math, science, physics those kind of materials you would take higher educational classes on those subjects and less educational classes on subjects like philosophy, English literature, History, and such. In my case I was the opposite, I can´t add 1+1 but I was damn good at English Lit, History, Philosphy and Psychology now that I remember. So I would be 17 years old doing math in the class of 14 years olds, you would find classes full of that 17 year old students mixed with 14 or 16 year old students, just the basic to get me the grade for college. And ofcourse putting much more emphasis on the other subjects I was good at. And ofcourse there was formalities but they didn´t put all that much emphasis on it. They would let you be you, grow as you will you might say.

    So that school your talking about I think is great and it gives students much more freedom to express themselves in their own way, and having an awareness about the great disparity there is in India between rich and poor since the middle class doesn´t seem to be very much existent, will in the future hopefully make these students to try to make a difference and breach that social and economic gap.

    1. Wow…you know I was not aware of the education system of US…and it really sounds interesting and kind of school I visited…our education is totally based on mugging up…no one is bothered to make education interesting and enjoyable…everyone is running behind grades…

      I hope we learn and start copying the education system of western world too…and once again you shared something totally new which I was not aware of…thank you so much Charly…keep enlightening me in future too 🙂

      1. Keep enlightening you?….o.k, first you have to leave your husband and run away with me to some exotic island and….well that´s it pretty much. I´ll pay for the trip though.

      1. No I dont…it was kind of visit…my close friend squezzed me in her college visit to Riverside 🙂

        If you are visiting Ahmedabad do visit Riverside…they are very friendly…and always looking for new teachers…you are a science student you will love their science lab and books 🙂

  2. About the English thing, I guess.. English is one language that everyone has to learn, it’s like a necessity. But personally, I dislike the attitude Pakistani’s have towards English. Most of them learn English, but they forget their own culture.

    Wow, I’m surprised and very very glad to know there are such schools. I went through hell and back to go to a university but sometimes I feel like I never learn something new and am not challenged enough.

    I have never used the word disparity either.

    1. Dont worry you arent alone Zareen…in India too people are so obssessed with English…once they learn it…they start pretending as if they are born in America or UK…and never heard Hindi 😉

      Our education system is making us lame…we have stopped using our brain…we really need a revolution or something…to make edu more interesting and fun 🙂

      1. I know, I completely agree. I do hope sincerely that we continue being creative and fun in making our children learn new things.

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