Do you remember those days when your mom would often scare you by saying, “if you don’t study/behave well, we will send you to a boarding school”? Does the movie Taare Zameen Par ring a bell? The thought itself is dreadful to stay in a place surrounded by walls on all sides. If incase we ever met anyone studying from a residential school, we stare at them as though they are aliens and wonder how on earth they survive the torture of a boarding school! But to be honest, residential schools aren’t that bad! Here are a few benefits provided by a residential school.
I’m sure most of you’ll have seen Harry Potter. Don't you love the idea of roaming around school at all hours, having adventures with your friends? It is essential for all of us to become independent and to take more responsibility in making the right choices. We all agree it’s never easy to leave our home. But, doesn't it make more sense to make the move a few years before college? You learn how to cope with life and all it’s high and low points within a community of your peers who are going through the same things as you are.
Students are kept adequately busy through a well-balanced daily routine in academics, sports. Also, the extra-curricular activities offered at boarding schools are far more extensive than those at a day school. Thus ensuring that students are healthy, and as the saying goes, ‘A healthy brain lives in a healthy body’. The best part of living in a residential school is that you will be taught to be independent and to take care of your own needs. Remember Darsheel Safary from the movie Taare Zameen Par where could manage to do all his chores independently? You are exposed to all aspects of leadership leading to an overall balanced development.
Most of the day schools are co-ed schools, which encourages children to mingle with the opposite gender making them confident and comfortable in their early childhood days. Day schools do not have a rigorous schedule and enable the children to relax and enjoy free time, pursue a hobby and socialize.
In comparison to the residential schools, day schools are a preferred as they are less expensive. Most boarding schools in India have fees that are quite exorbitant. Moreover, day schools are preferred by parents because they get to spend quality time with their children, enjoy all major family occasions, holidays, and bond with one another. Parents tend to have a close supervision over their children and monitor the progress of their child.
To conclude, the choice between a residential school and a day school depends on a variety of factors. The primary and paramount factors to consider would be quality of education, accessibility and affordability. Parents always want the best for their children and this is a difficult decision for them too. They are responsible for the betterment of their child and the right kind of schooling plays an important role in defining the personality of the child.