Krishnamurti On Education
Education is at present concerned with outward efficiency, and it utterly disregards, or deliberately perverts, the inward nature of man; it develops only one part of him and leaves the rest to drag along as best it can.
Our inner confusion, antagonism and fear ever overcome the outer structure of society, however nobly conceived and cunningly built. When there is not the right kind of education we destroy one another, and physical security for every individual is denied.
To educate the student rightly is to help him to understand the total process of himself; for it is only when there is integration of the mind and heart in everyday action that there can be intelligence and inward transformation.
(Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life).
This is a program for educators, parents and individuals interested in what Krishnamurti calls ‘right education’. We will explore the philosophical foundations of Krishnamurti’s approach to education and its application in the classroom. Each session will begin with a reading followed by a dialogue and specific classroom strategies will also be presented and discussed. This online program will be of particular interest to parents who are becoming more involved with their child’s education since the school closures due to Covid-19. The core topics taken up in this program:
- The role of education in society.
- What does it mean to have an inward dimension in education?
- Attention and awareness – developing process awareness in students.
- Traditional classroom education – what works? What doesn’t?
- The self aware teacher, functional authority as opposed to psychological authority.
- The art of facilitation, creating connection and engagement through the spirit of inquiry.
- The importance of attention and listening, in a discussion based classroom.
Join us for 5 afternoons where we go into this topic and look at among other things what K said about learning and our own conditioning around education and learning. There will be short readings and/or video clips followed by dialogue as well as some short presentations/sharing by the facilitator on his own experiences of working in K schools.