Mon 10 Jan, 2011 08:01 am
Children in residential schools stay and get educated in a group home with regular contact with their parents. It is a home away from home. Do you think this helps in a better growth and development of a child?
Welcome to A2k! Many home schoolers use this type of approach where several families get together to share resources. If you look up the benefits and disadvantages of home schooling, you should find plenty of material.
The term "residential school" has an ugly legacy in Canada. The aboriginal inhabitants in Canada are known now as "First Nations." Until the 1970s, many residential schools operated in Canada--there were 80 of them in the 1930s. From 1840 to 1948, attendance was compulsory for First Nations children. Canada is a very large country in terms of land area--so students were often sent hundreds of miles from home, and might not see their families for years on end. The purpose was assimilation, which means that they were forbidden to speak their native languages, or to practice their culture. In recent years, there have been many revelations of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools. The term is in very bad odor in Canada.
So, peoples' attitudes to residential schools very likely will be conditioned by the history of such schools in their country.
I misunderstood the original post. You are discussing a school where students live (not a school in a residential area, complete brain failure on my part.)