An Ideal School - What Is It?
What exactly is an ideal school? - This article discusses what makes an ideal school
What Is An Ideal School?
The definition of an ‘ideal” school has varied among visionaries, educationalists and social reformers who have often stressed upon the importance of a school in preparing progressive citizens for our nation In contemporary times, the list of features deemed necessary for a school to function dynamically has surpassed all conventional norms. Holistic development is the foundation upon which a child's life should be established and this should be the guiding principal for a school's curriculum.
For me, any academic schedule that preaches classroom teaching is guilty of pushing children towards the realm of being 'restricted achiever’s’. Ideally, the school should emphasize upon using a more hands-on approach, i.e. the medium of instruction should use a greater degree of practical applications like the use of laboratories, field visits, outdoor experimentation and project development. Such activities are a part of many school programs but they treated in an insignificant manner. Instead, these inputs should have a greater contribution when assessing a child's academic success.
Similarly, extra-curricular activities have been made mandatory in most schools, but one vital aspect still seems to engage minimal attention. This third dimension is that of social responsibility. Not many schools boast of providing an environment wherein a child learns virtues such as being helpful without seeking favors in return or being morally correct without the lure of being applauded for it. Ideally, a school should be prepared to take the domain of extra-curricular activities beyond the perspective of physical training and creative development.
The stress should be upon introducing activities that encourage students to introspect their beliefs and their actions. I believe that the school campus itself could be used as an effective example of developing a responsible lifestyle. The campus should include green lifestyle components such as water harvesting plants, basic solar power installations and composting bins that turn organic garbage into organic manure. It is only through initiatives like these that a school can actually inspire students to become responsible and thus, better individuals.