Welcome to our feature describing the alternative education programs: home schools and free schools.
Home schooling is one progressive educational movement all across the world. Home school parents educate their children only at home rather than sending them to any private or public school. Such parents choose home schooling for many reasons:
- Dissatisfaction with available educational options,
- Unusual educational preferences
- Religious philosophies
- Perception that children might not progress in traditional teaching structure.
Do home schools instil a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is something important for individuals of all ages and generations. This kind of mindset does not come as a gift of birth but rather with consistent efforts from time to time. How can one understand whether their child has a growth mindset or not?
Children running away from difficult problems is not something new. But what is unique is when they sit through the problems and focus their time and effort on figuring out a solution. Their efforts will be consistent and they will keep on trying unless all doubts have been eradicated. It is not a gift but the child has a growth mindset and the parents should be focusing on allowing and assisting students to enhance that kind of mindset. Nowadays, all educational institutions are putting efforts into allowing students to cherish their growth mindset.
How to enhance growth mindset?
The feeling of being born with a fixed mindset should be fixed first. If you’re a child thinking that you were born in a certain way with a fixed view on things around you and there is nothing much that you can do on fixing it, then a growth mindset can be challenging to adapt. Having an open to adapt mindset should be developed, so that one can focus all their emotional and mental focus towards growth.
There are different pieces of training and strategies that can help students to adopt such a practice. The educational institutions usually help students in figuring them out. Focused feedback is important to help students in adapting such a mindset. Students always look for recognition of some form and that is also what will help them in developing a growth mindset. Once appreciated, a student will try even harder to achieve better results in the future, thus leading to his or her growth.
Setting high expectations from your children is another way of setting them for success. Not just peer pressure, but the boost from their internal egoistic mindset will assist them in tailoring their efforts towards achieving growth.
Why is a growth mindset so important?
A growth mindset will be important for students of all ages to reach their ultimate potential. This will be important for selecting the right career, the right job, and so on. If someone does not have that kind of attitude then the peers should be assisting them to build such a mindset. Challenges are common in the education phase and professional life as well. If a student understands the importance of challenges and adapts a mindset of expecting the unexpected but looking forward to better results, then it will serve him or her much better in the real life.
Even if a student is not so successful at the current stage of his education life, he or she should be appreciated and recognized enough and provided with effective feedback in such a way that their focus should always be towards the end goal and not the small losses along the way.
Legislation for home schools
Mandatory legislation is there from the government that all UK-based children should receive “full-time, age-appropriate and efficient” education. That means the parents might not need to teach National Curriculum if they do not wish to. It although means that the pupil will be unable to attain official qualifications as of A and GCSE Level.
The home schoolers:
- Usually organize the teaching schedule in varied ways that suits the best with their child’s learning appetite.
- Enjoy the freedom for blending the ideas with the children’s learning needs. Moreover, the home schoolers have the flexibility to schedule their time to home school the students. Some parents stick close to the formal school calendar whereas some prefer home schooling year-round.
Free schooling is quite common now across the UK. Whereas, although a pioneer initially of free school education programs, there are less now in total across America.
The educational advantages that private schools with fees are providing are nothing different from what the students will be getting in free schools.