THE RIGHT KIND OF EDUCATION: DIGITAL BOOKLET

As schools reopen after a long Covid-induced hiatus, they must grapple with a new education policy that addresses the structure and pedagogy of our education system. There is the inevitable wrangling over the content of the textbooks as well as over the language of instruction. Those in power tend to redefine the content and language based on their perspectives:  ideological, religious, social.

Knowledge, especially technical skills, are the most valued in our society, and so education, as we know it today, is built on the transfer of knowledge into the brain of the child. The focus of many educators, therefore, is to find ways to do this ‘creatively’ so that concepts are grasped well. In our digital times, information is plentiful, and all sorts of digital learning tools including ‘tuition classes’ in a new avataar are available to enable this knowledge transfer.

From very early on, children are taught to create an identity for themselves starting with their name. Most of our lives, then, is lived in relationship with people, with ideas and with things as a means of enhancing this identity. We are taught to project a future and then do what we can to achieve it. Making our dreams a reality is considered integral to the way our society functions. Of course, Life has its own rhythms, and such dreams rarely fructify, leaving the child frustrated, fearful, and anxious. Our society is built on this, and education is meant for the child to fit into this unhealthy environment. So, education is nothing but a system for the continuity of our society.

More than seventy years ago, J. Krishnamurti, one of the greatest religious teachers of all time, foresaw the chaos and deepening crisis that our society is in and how education contributed to it. Seeing this, he asked: “Are we prepared, as parents and teachers, to bring about a new generation of people, for that is what is implied—a totally different generation of people with totally different minds and hearts? Are we prepared for that?”

What was his vision for the ‘right kind of education’? This digital booklet has a brilliant excerpt from his book, Education and the Significance of Life, besides powerful quotes from other books. Every moment is a moment filled with the potential for change. It is up to us to see it.

 

 

 

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The basic book on Krishnamurti’s vision of a new kind of education.

Krishnamurti had a life-long interest in education, and this is the earliest and most expository of his books on the subject. Focussing on the central vision that life ‘has a wider and deeper significance’ and that it is the concern of education to come upon it, he explores various other connected themes—authority versus freedom, the responsibility of teachers and parents, the role of religion in education, discipline, intelligence, and so on.

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FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER

The earlier ‘Vasanta Vihar Newsletter’ has been discontinued; we will not be physically mailing it. Instead, a new publication The Pathless  will be made available digitally and can be accessed on this site or downloaded as a PDF.

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OUR SCHOOLS

 

Education that would bring about a human being with a radically new consciousness was close to Krishnamurti’s heart. He set up schools in India, UK and USA. Today, the Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) runs six schools – Rishi Valley School (Madanapalle), Rajghat Besant School (Varanasi), The School-KFI (Chennai), Sahyadri School (near Pune), The Valley School (Bengaluru) and Pathashaala (near Chennai).    Know more >>

INDIAN LANGUAGE SUB-TITLED VIDEOS

Sub-titled Videos of Krishnamurti talks and dialogues are now available in several Indian languages. We will keep adding video as and when they are sub-titled. Please click the relevant language below to see the videos on our YouTube channel.

   

     ENGLISH   TAMIL   

     TELUGU   MALAYALAM   

     KANNADA   HINDI

     MARATHI   GUJARATI

ANNOUNCEMENT, EVENTS

THE HALF-DAY RETREAT ON SUNDAY

AUGUST 14, 9:30AM TO 2:00PM

‘AN INTRODUCTION TO KRISHNAMURTI’S TEACHINGS’

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THE WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL RETREAT

We present a video of J. Krishnamurti on the first and third Sunday of every month at Vasanta Vihar. It is open to the public.

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We regret to inform you that our regular Sunday Video Shows have been suspended due to renovation work being carried out at Vasanta Vihar.

On completion of renovation, resumption of these shows will be announced.

VISIT US AT VASANATA VIHAR

Wecome to the headquarters of KFI  and the home of Krishnamurti in India. We are open to anyone interested to know more about the teachings or wanting to take a retreat.

The Study (The Library)
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

The Bookshop will remain open during these days / hours, except Sundays.

It is mandatory for all visitors to strictly maintain Covid protocols (compulsory masking, social distancing, and not crowding on the campus.) Visitors are also not allowed to spend time on the lawns and in other places.

THE STORE

With over a 100 English language books and a wide-range of books in various Indian languages, our online store is well-equipped. Avail of discounts and other offers when given.

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