• Upasana Mondal

Unschooling Part 2

This one is from our holiday in Vietnam. Looking at boats, ships, cargo, liners etc. from here was the most beautiful part, that no books could have described better.

Here's where we are:

The research on unschooling also led me to a list of alternative schools that have a different approach towards studies than the mainstream schools.

You can see a list here: https://www.alternativeeducation.in/learning-spaces

There are different theories that these schools are based on like:

Open learning Spaces

Democratic Schools where children decide what they want to learn about and vote for or against how they want to learn

Waldorf Steiner also known as Steiner education, is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. Its pedagogy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical and artistic development of pupils.

Jiddu Krishnamurti where schools follow his ideology and learning principles

Montessori Schools where it attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Aurobindo Schools  Aurobindo's idealistic philosophy of life was based upon Vedantic philosophy of Upanishad.

And Others that do not follow any of the above.

The list of Alternate schools in Bangalore are:

1. Shibumi

2. Prakriya Green Wisdom School

3. Pramiti

4. Ohana

5. Centre for Learning (CFL)

6. Buddhi

7. Poorna Learning Centre

8. The Valley School

9. Bangalore Steiner School

10. Advaya Shaale

11. Creative

12. Abheek

13. Viha

14. Roots Academy

15. Aurinko Academy

16. BeMe

17. Jigyasa

18. Nurture International School

19. Bhavya School

20. Vikasana School

Since we are exploring unschooling, the above options fall somewhere in between, if you are skeptic about not following any learning methodology at all.  The above kinds of schools are available across India even though limited in number. You will have to know exactly where you are headed before jumping into any of these. 

Then there are others like me that fall into the "let nature take it's course" philosophy. I know its an oxymoron for a financial planner to be saying it since we would like to plan everything and believe we are in total control of our future. We can write a 50 page plan for anyone's entire life and help people sleep in peace knowing they are sorted.

So if you are the parent who wants to let your child explore the world himself, support and trust him, that's all that is needed. However, you have to decide sooner than you think, since unlearning can confuse the child and yourself after a few important initial years in a classical mainstream school.

Lets be the facilitator and trust nature. More importantly trust your decisions. We all live by the choices we make and someday you would want to be happy when you look back. When you are a parent, your child lives with the choices you make until it is quite late to reverse things.

Let me know if you come across anything new and interesting about unschooling. Also share your reviews if your child is a part of any the institutions mentioned above.

Happy living!