Will lack of Academics affect my child's future
Expert session Question & Answers

We are sending our daughter to one of the best schools and sending her to coaching class and possibly a good environment for study. Do we need an expert to improve her academics or we can manage ourselves with some guidance? Her hobbies include dance.

It is not about the school. Not all children respond the same way to a teaching methodology. This is very difficult to respond without interacting with the child. Since she loves dancing, her academics have to be molded through that lens and context. From what limited I read, to improve her academics you will need to adopt a different approach. Even then, her calling may be dancing and that should be absolutely ok with you.

How to improve AQ? My daughter is 12 years old and does not adapt well to change in circumstances from what she expects

AQ develops when failures are celebrated and used as stepping stones for the next trial

What if we let our child be average in academics and follow his/her passion but later on he is not able to achieve international or national standards in that passion and also has not done great in academics - fear is getting stuck at such a junction of life - hence the pressure in academics.

If a child follows their passion, the work in that field usually compensates for academics – but there has to be a dedicated effort. It so happens that about 20% of the students respond favourably and the rest struggle. Hence the importance of acquiring transferable skills while acquiring knowledge – i.e. ability to think and do

How are Indian colleges responding to unschooling/home- schooling? Please provide insights on DLRC experience in this sphere.

Foreign universities are quite open to it; do not have much experience with Indian Universities. All of our students from DLRC appear either for the Cambridge or NIOS board examinations.

How do you help students who are interested in 2 to 3 subjects and don't care for others?

They do not care for other subjects because they have not come across a teacher who has shown the beauty in that subject – I can say that from experience teaching Maths and History.

Do you have any information about the Think Global School with their curriculum of 8 weeks on site learning at different countries and 5 weeks off.

I have been in touch with them to create an alliance and incorporate elements of that in our High School program. Though this was in the context of the States and Villages in India.

We as parents consciously focus on process/effort instead of results, but she expects much more perfection from herself.

While the process focus is good, what is more important is to experience failures. Failures teach us more than successes.

How do we select alternate schools. There are mixed reviews everywhere. Is there any genuine database?

There is no one criteria. It all depends upon your vision of education and the needs of your child – some children thrive in regular schools and others blossom in alternate setting. I am not aware of such a database, though internet search does turn up a list. 

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Ajay Dalmia

Ajay Dalmia –  Will Lack Of Academics Affect Child Future

Ajay Dalmia is an educationist by profession. He is an engineer by education and has a wide range of educational and financial experience. After having worked in the corporate sector for about two decades, he walked into the educational field while volunteering with Asha for Education.

He currently runs DLRC, a learning firm for children where the focus is learning for life and not just for examinations.

Ajay Dalmia’s expertise lie in education of young adults, teaching for learning (self and others), financial literacy, process re-engineering and career options after 12th and graduation. He believes in open education for children and encourages parents to support their children in every aspect.

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