Back in the days of our infancy, it was very common to see most kids taking coaching classes to mug up concepts instead of understanding them. Coaching centers were rather considered a one-stop-shop, giving us access to past exam question papers and a purpose to memorize answers to each question.
In fact, it was a routine practice followed by most students to score wellin exams. But little did we know that rote learning was like cancer, unfortunately, designed by us, to eat away our future!
The sad news is: most students follow this practice, even today.
However, now that modern schools and educators have realized this age-long fault in the Indian education system, they are gradually taking corrective steps to address it. Here’s a close look at the top 5 schools that are making conceptual learning the key pillar of their curriculum and bringing change in the overall learning process.
Vega–It is a Gurgaon-based school that aims to transform the education system by replacing obsolete learning practices with conceptual ones. The idea is to make school a “joyful place” for students where they can share knowledge, new experiences and deeply engage in problem-solving activities to develop intellect from the very childhood. The school comprises specially-designed open classrooms, pillared on 5 key values: empathy, excellence, integrity, innovation, and collaborations.
Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools–A unique educational institution that operates on a simple philosophy of creating comfortable and engaging learning environment for students that make them want to attend school. Recently, the founders of Shemford came out with another path-breaking concept – ‘9-6’ School – to be setup in Gurgaon. It willenable parents to easily drop and pick-up their children before and after work, respectively, and strengthen child-parent communication for life– a challenge that Indian parents have been facing for ages.
Parvarish – It is a Museum School situated in Bhopal and aims at uniquely mitigating inequality in education. The school educates underprivileged children through local museums while providing them access to education backed by high-quality infrastructure in association with a number of museums. In short, the founders of Parvarish leverage museums as schools in the form of teaching aids, whereas trainee teachers – who are basically B.Ed. students – impart education to younger students.
Levelfield Schools–Located at West Bengal, Levelfield Schools target to facilitate high-quality and affordable education to students hailing from non-metro cities. The innovative school focusses on imparting education through a series of interesting and engaging activities such as games, puzzles, and discussions, with minimum usage of textbooks and outdoor classrooms. With these attributes, Levelfield Schools provide a level-playing field to students while giving them access to world-class education.
Yellow Train School–A progressive school based on Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and nestled in an organic farm, Yellow Train School takes an innovative approach to develop students rather than taking them through textbooks and lessons. The school believes in a very authentic idea that students can learn more and in a much better manner when they are taught amid nature. Greenfields, amla groves, cows, orchards, peacocks, and most essentially, loving and understanding teachers make learning a joyful exercise that students love to take part in and, in turn, gain excellence in various domains.