- Students and teachers are dissatisfied with some aspect of mainstream or traditional education.
- Provides opportunities and time to do what the child really likes.
- Child can work at his own pace.
In a mainstream school the teacher teaches the children, whereas here the children are empowered to learn by themselves.
The Board decides what the child has to know and how much he needs to know of a subject. Here child the decides what he learns and how long he dwells on the topic.
In a school the child learns from books within the four walls. Here the entire world is the child’s school and he learns from very many sources – the internet, books, experts in the field, from friends, from parents and teachers.
Children in school prepare themselves for exams while these children prepare themselves to fix a broken tap, to make dinner, to change the car tyre, to weave a basket.
The child has the freedom to write, read, move around, climb trees, grow plants, raise pets, cook, draw etc etc whenever he chooses to.
While children learn to take instructions these kids learn to take decisions and the responsibility that goes with the decision and the consequences.
Learning happens only in school. Entire life is a process of learning.
Every moment is a moment of learning in the child’s life.
Mainstream schools enclose the child within its four walls, while at alternate schools, the children learn real life skills like fixing a leaking tap or weaving a basket, cooking, growing plants or drawing.