I'd appreciate hearing why you feel so positively about educating at home. What do you
think your education gave you that "mainstreamed' kids didn't get? More tools to think
creatively? A better sense of yourself?
True, we all look to 'alternative' education for different reasons, but questioning or
challenging the dominant educational paradigm in any manner or form is subversive. I
often ask myself what kind of people I want my children to be. The kind who are content
with things as they are or the kind who have the integrity, both intellectual and moral, to
challenge the status quo? Myself, I have anarchist Gandhian sympathies and would be
saddened if my children grew up to be corporate foot soldiers, aspiring only for that next
Nano or Honda or whatever, without regard for the environmental and social costs of
those aspirations. Perhaps (and I can only hope), an alternatively educated generation will
be the vanguard of a new movement for social transformation in a world that is often
indifferent to all that is decent and progressive.
As an aside, a few weeks ago, a newspaper report on the Tata Nano controversy had this
"Bidyut Kumar Santra, a rare high school graduate in Joymolla, was among the lucky few to
get a job on the assembly line, and, in turn, realize how poorly equipped he was to keep
up with events on the factory floor. The engineers all spoke English, to him an alien
tongue. "I feel ashamed, like what kind of education did I get?" Santra said the other day.
He vowed to make certain that his son, who is in first grade, learned to speak English.
--- In alt-ed-india@ yahoogroups. com, "bhanotlavlesh" <bhanotlavlesh@ ...> wrote:
> Hello to all,
> It gives me a great pleasure to see this group taking active
> participation on a topic that is now a necessity for the survival of
> human race!
> I would like to introduce myself to the group. My name is Lavlesh
> Bhanot. I was born and brought up in Delhi.
> I would be more than willing to share my experiences with this group
> on alternate education. I have been educated on the lines of
> alternate/free progressive/ Integral education at Mirambika School
> (first batch – 1981-82). I am sure there are other members of this
> group who come from a similar `schooling experiences' . To come from
> an alternate, free progressive schooling system, to work in
> corporate setting, to become a parent,to facilitate the growth of
> child on similar lines is something unique in that sense. The
> journey so far has surely been fighting against the odds and
> continues to be so. It is just that the world outside (the popular
> mind) is more worried about the future of children coming from
> alternate education than the children themselves!