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The world has shrunk and it has become quite common to see parents sending off children abroad for studies. Many things occupy the thoughts of parents right from the environment, academics, living conditions and the list can go on and on. The other concept much talked about in recent times is home schooling. As a parent, when I thought about home schooling, my first thoughts were on the acceptance of my daughter in reputed colleges post her schooling and her social exposure. I was on the lookout for virtual school addressing my concerns in India. Virtual school can be a great asset for children pursuing sports and arts as a career. It can be a boon to children who have missed their school admission cycle and specifically for children with learning differences who are highly gifted or students for whom mobility is limited due to physical disabilities or those who have Attention Deficit Disorder and other special needs. It is a marriage of technology and academic excellence to bring virtual schooling home. Technology evolution has paved the way and time for parents looking for home schooling to rejoice. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, launched first-of-its-kind Virtual International K–12 Education in India with International Connections Academy (iNaCA). Bringing accredited U.S. education directly to your desktop, the iNaCA provides a flexible world-class curriculum for students studying in classes up to class 12.
Pregnancy and motherhood spells a change in every woman’s life. Suddenly we realize our regular clothes are not comfortable, activities have to be redefined and weight watching does not work anymore. Though it is part of every woman’s life, it has its parameters and the initial phase of motherhood lasts for a year before moving onto the next level. Requirements during pregnancy are different than the ones after delivery. Though it is a temporary phase, we cannot ignore it because it lasts a significant duration and the necessities need to be replaced during the time to make it smooth sailing and convenient.
Every child is the apple of his or her parents’ eyes and their hope of achieving heights they had aspired to reach. At least they hope to assume so. It bodes ill to some parents who have to wake up to the fact that their child is battling autism. However, it is increasingly prevalent among children these days as the stress of today’s parents are forcing major psychological disturbances among their offshoots. However, all is not lost for them. According to Dr. Nandini Mundkur, city pediatrician, it is a fighting chance for those parents who make that extra effort to identify their kid’s condition when it is still nascent.
Parents of children in plus one and plus two have more in their kitty than just coaching, studies and exam fevers. True, parents undergo the pressure of all this more than the students. Though the fact remains that there are things that go overboard in this process, we cannot totally ignore the parents’ interest in ensuring their children get the best and the onus of choosing the right area of study, college weighs heavy on them. Technology has evolved and so do the areas of study. The options we had were limited to being a doctor, engineer or a lawyer and it was much simpler to choose a professional area of study. The same cannot be said about the options in front of a student today. It is no simple task for a parent to know the various areas of study and so the pressure builds on as they begin to look for various disciplines of study applicable to their child.
Children these days have lot of options to spend their time but the onus to make the time worthwhile and also educative lies in the hands of the parents and teachers. We can see preschoolers watching television serials with their parents and playing mobile games not suitable for their age. Precious time of their life is spent in unwanted knowledge capable of spoiling children’s character building. We grew up with toys, simple ones which allowed us to create our own world and dream our fantasy without any negative influence. Those were the initial seeds of creativity. Learning was limited to action oriented rhymes focusing on improving our memory, rhythm and physical activity. It was fun way of learning and had an impact on our minds which we fondly recall even today. Focus was on physical exercises and emotional growth was the aim and we never grew tired doing any of these unlike the kids today who complain of boredom, strain and tiredness even in preschool. To drive home the point, let us do a small exercise, can you recollect Jack and Jill, Ding Dong Bell and Twinkle twinkle little star? It will be surprising to know that despite the age we are in, each one of us can recite it without any difficulties. So the solution lies in hitting back those days albeit a minor difference due to the way we grew up and the lifestyle of kids today.