Education : <span>Rabindranath Tagore’s Philosophy of Education</span>

Education : Rabindranath Tagore’s Philosophy of Education

Tagore's ideas for creating a system of education aimed at promoting international co-operation and creating global citizens. Tagore envisioned an education that was deeply rooted in one’s immediate surroundings but connected to the cultures of the wider world, predicated upon pleasurable learning and individualised to the personality of the child. He felt that the curriculum should revolve organically around nature, with flexible schedules to allow for shifts in weather, and with special attention to natural phenomena and seasonal festivities.

The aims reflected in the institution founded by Tagore:

  1. Self realisation: Spiritual is the essence of humanism. Manifestation of personality depends upon the self-realisation and spiritual knowledge of individual.
  2. Intellectual Development: It means development of imagination, creative free thinking, constant curiosity, alertness ofthe mind. Freedom of child to adopt his own way of learning, which would lead to all-round development.
  3. Physical development: Sound and healthy physique through yoga, games, sports as integral part of education.
  4. Love for Humanity: Education for international understanding and universal brotherhood. Education should teach people to realise oneness.
  5. Freedom: Education is a man-making process, it explores the innate power that exists within man, it is not an imposition, but a liberal process that provides utmost freedom for development.
  6. Co-relation of objects: A peaceful world is only possible when correlation between man and nature will be established.
  7. Mother-tongue as medium of instruction: Language is the true vehicle of expression.
  8. Moral and spiritual development: It is more important than bookish knowledge for an integral development of human personality, by encouraging selfless acts, co-operation, sharing and fellow-feeling among students.
  9. Social Development: ‘Brahma’ the supreme soul manifests through men and all creatures. He is the source of all life. Brotherhood should be cultivated from the beginning of life.

For further reading, visit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore

http://www.infed.org/thinkers/tagore.htm

http://www.preservearticles.com/201105066344/contribution-of-rabindranath-tagore-in-education.html

 

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