Does Schooling Really Matter?

Our majority of parents is a product of government and traditional schools. Despite poor schooling they attain the heights of their careers; many of them became eminent professionals.
It was a time when education was important without the availability of quality schools at most of the places in the country. Although many talented and passionate teachers played their roles effectively everywhere, but on the whole, there were not many choices for the parents in terms of good schools. So, even today, most of the parents are of the opinion that schooling doesn’t matter much; in fact it is a child’s own caliber, passion and hard work that lead him/her towards success.
Contrarily, in the contemporary age, where life has become much more challenging in all its aspects, good schooling is taken as a key to meet these challenges effectively.  Now-a-days we have three kinds of schools: government schools, traditional schools and expansive private schools. All three of them cater needs of different people of the society depending upon their social and economic status, and, thinking about education. These schools are different in their quality of education, facilities, opportunities and child care.
For students, schooling is, in fact, a foundation for their life; all further education, and, personal and social development depend upon it. A really good school helps a child to explore himself and grow to his/her highest potential. On one hand, it will provide the child with quality education that brushes up his/her intellectual skills and put him on the path of creativity and critical thinking. On the other hand, it encourages the child to grow emotionally, socially and physically through its child care programmes, i.e. professional handling of child’s issues and providing him with a variety of co-curricular activities. For instance, children are facilitated with the services of an educational counselor, specialized teachers for the students with learning disabilities, physician, teachers’ helping, encouraging and supportive attitudes, etc. Similarly, extra-curricular activities, like sports, swimming, karate, debate, drama, literary clubs, Arts, computer activities, field trips, student councils, etc. make the students confident, dynamic and wise in wordly matters. It not only fulfills their desire to learn and perform in various areas creatively but, also, give them opportunities to socialize and learn to get along with different types of peers and teachers. Also, it teaches them different skills in their areas of interest that result in their professional growth later.
When these children finish their school and go to college, their learning and performance at studies is far better than the students with poor schooling. They are much more lively, confident and keen to grow socially by taking up leadership roles and having access to important people. Also, they are more successful in building and maintaining social relationships. Similarly, they play prominent roles when they come to participate in co-curricular activities.
After a better learning, exposure and experience of life, when these students come to practical life as professionals, family members, social entities and individuals, they are better able to perform and serve the humanity. In short, good schooling is essential for personal and social growth, well being and prosperity.
We can achieve these good results by providing our children with a combination of good parenting and good schooling. On one hand, parents, along with schools, have to teach positive thinking and moral values to their off springs, and, on the other hand, they have to decide for their schools wisely. Job is not done yet; to make the best use of a good school, they have to help, encourage and support their children not only in doing well at academics, but, also, participating actively in co-curricular activities. Besides, they have to follow the school by respecting its discipline and fulfill its demands. For instance, a child who is a Chess player at school and asks his/her parents to buy him/her chess equipment at home, also, for further practice. So, parents will have to take it seriously and fulfill the need. Similarly, whatever kids are learning at school, home environment should be coordinating and supporting to it.
Choice of schooling is a matter of thinking towards education rather than a money issue for well-to-do parents. In middle and upper-middle class, concerned parents, usually, adopt two ways. Some of them go for best possible schooling at the price of quality of living; they stay contented with lower quality of clothes, home, cars, etc. but they give importance to socialization. The other category of parents, sacrifices not only living standards but, also, socialization. They believe that the lack of socialization will be compensated at a later stage (after finishing the school) when children will go out in the society and socialize independently. In fact, both the approaches have their own circumstances and pros and cons. However, the first one is more holistic.

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