Education plays a very important part of everyone's life, especially where a child is concerned. The foundational years are the most crucial as the acumen for studying, developing an affinity for a particular course and understanding of the importance of the education; all are learned in that phase only. Therefore, the parents are very concerned and aware of the schools their children study or live. Recently, a new trend has set in schooling which is gaining popularity and positive reviews and is referred to as the Residential Schools. The debate has been going on forever now on which is better – The residential school system or the day school system. Countries like the US, UK and India have been trying to establish the best option for kids. In India, schools in Dehradun, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata are mainly focused on residential or boarding schools. Though each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, the impact of both is crucial to the lives of students. Let us explore which one is better as far as the personal development of the students is concerned.
The schools that provide daytime classes, as well as the residential facilities for the students are called the residential schools. These schools can also be sub-divided into hybrid ones which enroll both the day-scholars as well as the hostellers and the strictly residential schools which enrol only those students that stay in their hostels. We shall be considering both of these residential schools here to explore the personality development abilities in them.
Hybrid residential schools
If you are sceptical about the residential schools, then, the hybrid schools can be your line of choice. You will be able to evaluate whether your kid is able to understand the 'living without parents' thing and whether he or she finds it totally untowardly situation. You can talk to your children about the problems of hostellers such as do they find living out of home totally impossible, or they are able to fend for themselves. If your kid is being educated in such an environment, he or she will not find the change of shifting to a hostel a drastic one. Hence, a year or two of getting educated in a hybrid type of residential school will prepare your kid for the hostel life in a better manner.
Strictly Residential School
The fact that the hostel life prepares a person for the life ahead in a better manner can so not be neglected. Living with other people, whom you are a stranger to, understanding their needs, your duties as a roommate, as a friend, learning to adapt and adjust for co-existence and managing your resources; hostel life teaches all of this and a lot more. A sudden relocation of your child from home to residential school can make him feel homesick or left out; but if you prepare him or her from the very start or let them have a year of understanding the hostel life in the hybrid schools, it would be very easy for them to accept the change.
The hostel life will instil some of the very good abilities such as preparing your own bag, taking victuals on time, understanding the importance of cleanliness and order and above all, compassion and punctuality. As the children grow, they are allotted certain duties and responsibilities such as dorm monitor, mess secretary, chief perfect, sports secretary, recreational secretary and hostel management member, etc which help them in being responsible and understanding.
The hostels for schools have particular hours of study and recreation and exercises etc. Therefore, the students learn how to plan their schedule for the rest of their lives too.
Advantages of Residential Schools (Hybrid as well as Strict)
Disadvantages of Residential Schools
The day schools, however, allow the parents to be an equal part of the lives of their children. They can see their loved little ones growing in front of their eyes, soother their injuries, their failures, celebrate their success, love them and hug them whenever they want. They can have a very close and personal relationship with their children. But education in the day school will mean that the parents have to keep a track on the development of their children and ensure that they participate in all the activities of the school. The parents will have to make their children value virtues such as compassion, honesty, team spirit, punctuality, and discipline. Making and following a routine will also be required.
Hence, the parents play a major part in the lives of the day scholars. They have to be really THERE so as to ensure that their kids are getting a perfect shape for their personality and growth.
The ease of handling the issues such as diseases, illness, problems, academics etc is however, more in the day scholar life.
Advantages of Day Schools
Disadvantages of Day Schools
The decision finally rests in the hands of the parents and the children themselves; as every child is different and needs a different environment for growth and development.