“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”Mark Twain
The majority of the educational institutions existing today are obsessed with academics, scores and making their students toil like machines. More than that, these institutes have become profit yielding machinery with a limited interest in the development of the child
Existing amid these traditional institutes are some unconventional schools that will baffle your mind. They challenge and subvert the fundamental definition of education by making it a realm of eccentric choices and interests.
To acquaint you with some bizarre academic disciplines, we have compiled a list of unusual schools that will leave you perplexed.
10 Bizarre Schools That You Would Not Believe Exist
Witch School, Salem
Located in Massachusetts, also called the “Witch City”, this school is famous for narrating the stories of witches and witchcraft from a contemporary perspective. Salem had been a deliberate choice for the location of this school, as it is the place of the trial and execution of 400 witches (1692-1693).
Available in both online and offline modes, with the majority of students (40,000) opting for the online medium, the courses in this school are best suited for people willing to master in the realm of “dark powers”.
This school attempts to bring the marginalized witch community to the mainstream by challenging the grounds of the hostility exercised by the Christians. The students are taught the fables of magical folks from the dawn of humanity to the modern pagan movement.
Trabajo Ya, Spain
When most of the countries in the world were busy debating over the stigma associated with prostitution, Spain, not only legalized it but also founded a school that trains its students in professional prostitution.
This institute marks a progressive and a radical step initiated by Spain that does not aim at promoting prostitution but focuses on providing rights and respect to professional prostitutes.
It offers a “basic course in professional prostitution with maximum discretion”. This course, along with providing sexual knowledge, security advice and professional tips, introduces the students to “whore stigma” and the psychological consequences of being in the sex industry.
Wizard School, California
Inspired by the Harry Potter series, The Grey School of Wizardry, founded by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, aspires to make the world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter a reality.
Himself being dedicated to learning ‘dark arts’, Zell-Ravenheart is committed to teaching his students the defence against the deadly ‘dark art’. Similar to the Harry Potter series, students here are sorted into four houses called winds, undines, gnomes and salamanders.
Offering more than 500 classes in 16 departments, the school trains the students in wizardry, magic, arcane secrets, mystic lore, alchemy, wand making and many other ‘dark arts’.
Elf School, Iceland
Founded on the Icelanders’ belief in elves, this school dictates the story of how elves and hidden people including the gnomes, fairies, trolls and spirits, became a part of Icelandic culture and history.
Emerging as an out-front competitor of the Witch and Wizardry schools, this institute gives an insight into the realm of the ‘obscure and unknown’. It familiarizes the students with the looks of the elves, their lifestyle and their ideas about the human species.
Dedicated to preserving the culture of Iceland, this school focuses on training its students to be “elf experts”, after which they can work for the road system of Iceland. Many students of this school including 100s of Icelanders are professional ‘elf experts’ and claim to have personal contact with elves, have met and even dined with them.
Husband Hunting School, Japan
Due to the increase in the number of women on the professional front and the changing perspective of people, the institute of marriage is on a decline in Japan. Established in 2010, this school aims to transform its students into “‘marriage material”’ and revive the institution of marriage.
The average age of women attending this school is in their 30s. The instructors here teach their students how to talk, walk and present themselves elegantly to win the hearts and minds of potential partners and parents.
Though this school shifts from marriage being an affair of love to an engineered and market-oriented idea of it, it is considered requisite for the sustenance of the Japanese population.
The Gender-Neutral School, Sweden
This school moves away from gender binaries and addresses its students as ‘they’ instead of “he” or ”she”. It attempts to subvert gender stereotypes and gender-related traits by encouraging the kids to explore all aspects of their preferences, likes and emotions.
The girls here are authoritatively coached to say ‘no’ whereas the boys are allowed to wear anything they desire without receiving any comments or criticism.
This school does not oblige its students to adhere to their biological sex but provides them with the liberity to deviate from the conventional gender norms. This freedom from the restraint of inflexible gender boundaries emancipates the students from the social expectations that their sex hurls at them.
Clown School, Ohio
Founded in 1995, this school takes the initiative to dismantle the prejudices associated with clowns. It contributes to the happiness of society by training the people aspiring to be clowns.
Some people pursue clowning to escape the banality of routine life, some for their fascination towards the profession while others for charitable deeds or to earn through clowning jobs.
The school has a structured program with both practical and physical lessons to help the students master the art of physical comedy. The course taught in this school is 30 weeks long, incorporating everything ranging from makeup to the marketing strategies of clowning, where to be the ‘class clown’ is a thing of pride.
Santa Claus School, Michigan
Established to uphold and preserve the history of Santa Claus, this school was started in 1937 by Charles H Howard, an American actor who in his initial days used to display himself as Santa Claus in stores during Christmas.
This school is considered to be the Harvard of Santa schools with 200 Santas enrolling every year and many being rejected based on their engagement with children, singing or dancing skills.
It trains its students to be professional Santa Claus by not only teaching them about his mannerism, etiquette and costume, but also offering special classes in child psychology, Santa grooming, singing and dancing.
Snake Charming School, India
A marginalized nomadic tribe of Gujarat, the Vadis whom the government is unable to reform practices snake charming as their livelihood. To preserve their legendary emotional attachment with deadly snakes, they train their children to be professional snake charmers.
The only qualification needed to be a student in this school is a lot of courage and the membership of the Vadi tribe. They start training their children from the age of 2 years, who on reaching 12 years of their age have already become professionals in this art.
The roles in the art of snake charming are divided on the basis of gender where boys are taught to charm snakes by flutes while girls are trained to domesticate and look after the snakes.
Cubical School, Denmark
Established in 2005, this school aims at inculcating in its students a natural desire to learn. It has an open architecture where classrooms do not have walls or glasses, keeping the students aware of each other at all times. This consciousness gives them a sense of mutual consideration for one another and a feeling of belonging to one community.
This school has a large area called the gymnasium, divided into sections called ‘drums’ where students can sit and think. The attempt initiated by this school to promote creative thinking in a world running insanely mechanical appears to be an overly progressive step.
“I think that the great trick in life, wherever you are in the journey, is to do what you love and let the universe support it. When we do what we love, every day is a holiday.”Robert Moss
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