Growth. This is the sole motivation or direction, progression or call it anything. Right from the tiniest creature to the most complicated and evolved one (here, you may think of yourselves but I don’t know whether its you at the top in this universe or someone else) everyone keeps pushing itself in the space in all the possible directions. That is the motive or mission nature has given to everyone - push the limits with all of your might and go on the next level.
If we take this perspective on the level of a parent, we’ll find their instinct about their children’s education is pretty much aligned with this at least for the first 7-8 years. Then the social aspects take over the process. Nowadays, many of the parents are pushing these social aspects away though (they must be having stronger natural instinct over the others, I guess) and trying to look beyond the conventional limits. Initially they were tumbling but many of them started doing well afterwards. Thousands are following the footsteps of the initial bunch and paving new pathways in the last couple of decades. Few of the pavements are also getting the identity like homeschooling, road schooling, unschooling etc. We feel the title “Unschooling” suits to what we do.
There are two main aspects of growth we consider while being with the kids - one, the growth could proceed in any direction and second, we can’t set a limit to its reach and speed. With the consideration of this and the fronts we have i.e. kids, facilitators, parents and society, we build some environment where everyone interacts with the rest of them.
See, all the four fronts keep expressing themselves. Kids always try to work on the things in order to follow their heart. Parents always try to work on the things in order to provide better space to their kids. Facilitators always try to work on the things in order to smoothen the process for the kids with them and society does the same to accommodate as many new streams as it can. Every now and then we find someone is pushing the others to be able to cope up with the natural instinct. We have to maintain a thin line of balance between all of them.
Few of the examples of balancing the fronts are: 1) Neither we have teachers nor facilitators try to teach. They just share what they have if someone is willing. 2) Kids have the control of their schedule. They decide their activities everyday from the pool. 3) We operate in democratic way. Incase kids, facilitators or parents have anything to discuss, we call a meeting of concerned individuals and discuss issues. 4) Realisation of books being just the source of information and not the knowledge intensify our focus on first hand experiences. It varies in every person. We keep working practically on every requirement of kids and every skillset of the facilitators, let it be languages, arts, maths, science, literature, astronomy or anything else.
As we know, individuals, are made up of the experiences we’ve been through. Knowledge helps us understanding and analysing the details of it but it is the overall experience of the past which plays main role in the decisions we make in the present. So we feel it’s very crucial to have as many various experiences as we can. It makes us more capable in terms of handling various situations, emotionally as well as intellectually. Many more aspects are there and articulating all of them may take so much of space and time. Even if it ends up in a book, again it will just give a rough idea about the things happening here. So, everyone is heartily invited to visit us to have true and authentic experience of it.
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