There are so many people who realize that a school is a great way of spreading the right kind of thought processes, and molding children to become intelligent and useful citizens. It is a fact that the receptivity of a child is twice that of a grown adult. Therefore, the best way to impart the right sort of knowledge and produce great thinkers and achievers is to give children the right sort of atmosphere when they are young.
The only problem with the entire education scene in modern times is that a lot of people have realized how much of a money-maker it is. There are many places where education is fast becoming very commercialized. Big schools with rambling campuses and great infrastructure that automatically attract wealthy and prosperous parents who hope their children will take over their businesses or become heirs to their commercial empires. The point is, a large campus or well-built classrooms don’t make a school good. It’s about the quality of teachers and how they teach that really matters. And finding the right place is essential in grooming your child the way you want.
Schools have standard syllabi and a curriculum based on directives from the NCERT or National Council of Educational Research and Training. Apart from this, there are some schools that follow a syllabus based on curriculum set by their respective State Governments. Now irrespective of the type of board that schools follow, it should stand to reason that the students aren’t just forced to learn their books off by heart. That is one system that is fast beginning to drain all creativity from children’s thought processes.
The right school needs to have an equal amount of on-site training, to actually augment the knowledge children receive from books. There need to be enough extra-curricular courses, to keep the students suitably entertained. Generally there are a host of various events to choose from. Some children like to be competing all the time, which is what debates and cultural events are for. On the other hand some children have excess reserves of physical energy. They need to be kept active with sports and athletics. For this kind of variety, the school needs to have the right facilities like good ground and courts, maybe even a good gymnasium.
These are just some of the things that go into the making of a good school. Some other parameters are the methods the teachers use to explain concepts. Using working models and videos always aids retention. Also, little outings like field trips help to lighten the atmosphere while still being educational. No matter what the syllabus, there is always a creative and lucid way of explaining. The most important thing to ensure is that the teachers do not encourage mindlessly learning by rote. This is one technique that is killing the concept of scientific thinking in schools across the country.