There are always 2 sides to a coin! When it comes to the matter of deciding between the good and bad, your true wit is put to test. If you think for a moment, what was the best birthday present you have got till date, maybe a PlayStation, a motorcycle or maybe a new computer? Well, but to be honest, most of the parents consider receiving quality education as a gift from their parents and would like to pass it on to their children. Education by far is the best gift anyone can receive! Children being materialistic and savvy these days, they hardly are able to differentiate between ideas and goals. So it is the parents who take the major decision of where their children will go to school or college.
Alright, now the situation is not just about putting your children at an international school or classy convents…it is about education in India and education in the US!
If you were asked as to where you will like your kids to get educated from what would be your answer? And most importantly why? So here are a few parameters that you can consider about both these education system and environment so as to decide what’s best for your children –
The technique of learning
Many of us believe that the education system in the US is very practical compared to the system followed in India, where the parents believe students are just made to mug up the concepts and practice rigorously instead of understanding the concept.
On the other hand, many parents think the kids in US are put to a very slow process of learning, where they hardly get to learn numbers and alphabet even until 2nd grade. But in India, kids are more advanced and learn alphabets and numbers up to 100 by the time they are 3-4yrs old. The US system has more of the multiple choice questions, but the Indian system stresses more on the descriptive version. The US system places more importance on writing essays and exploring the any subject beyond the textbooks, whereas the Indian system encourages mostly math and science problem solving outside the curriculum.
However, as a conclusion, the children need both the practical and theoretical learning approaches in a balanced way, any system providing it the right way is a great option to look for.
Bullying and learning environment
Bullying is a major concern to parents living in the US, as their children are more prone to be victims of bullying and racial problems. However, it has come to a control in the recent times. Bullying leaves a great psychological fear in the minds of the kids making it a barrier for learning.
In India, bullying is comparatively less. The parents here feel their children don’t often get secluded from the other children. The environment is safe and bully free or we could say much lesser than the US. The reason behind this can be the strict upbringing at home and vigilant monitoring in the school.
Social pressures and behavior
The social pressures are the real big deal. They directly influence on the upbringing of the child and their mentality towards society. While kids are given lot more freedom, it comes with its own responsibility. It is not a big deal if their kids are seeing someone or are dating a college mate. But the dangerous part of it is that most kids fall prey to substance abuse and though for some, it remains casual and recreational, a critical mass do get addicted and become what was their parents’ worst nightmare.
In India, this is a completely different story. Most of the kids still don’t get to make decisions. The parents decide what is good and bad for them and everything here is played by rules no matter even if you are above 18 years of age. This in one way is good to keep your children in control, but at the same time you might end up pressuring them way too much.
You need to set up boundaries and limitations that are safe and eventful for your kids.
Flexibility in the system
No matter how good the schools or colleges are, if you do not provide enough flexibility for the students to learn, they would end up developing hatred towards the entire system. It is always great to include sports and light activities along with academics; this would keep the students focused and less pressurized.
The education systems, India and US have their own definition for flexibility. Students in the US are under less pressure compared to the students in India, this calls for a more flexible curriculum in the US where the kids learn at their own pace and are less burdened by exams and tests.
In India, the kids from the very beginning are surrounded by exams and tests which are compulsive and are always striving towards better performance and results. Not both of these systems will be successful if they don’t have a balance for flexibility academically. If you pamper or punish the student to extremes, the results could definitely be what you least expected. But if you create the equilibrium, you have the best results along with happy students.
The bottom line, we always all prey to a situation where we are unable to decide which one is better than the other. So, is it that the other side of the grass is green or not? Read more on www.piruby.com