Rabindranath Tagore’s ShantiNiketan is a renowned educational institution across the world. They have a track record of creating excellent artists. In this post, I have selected some quotes from various speeches of Rabindranath Tagore, that enable us to have a glimpse into the thinking of this great mind on the topic of education.
“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information, but makes our life in harmony with all existence”
“We rob the child of his earth to teach him geography; Of language, to teach him grammar; His hunger is for the epic, (but) he is supplied with chronicles of facts and dates”
“At first, children must gather knowledge through their life because children are in love with their life, and it is their first love. All its color and movement attract their eager attention, and then they will renounce their lives to gain knowledge“
“The regular type of school is a manufactory and is a mere method of discipline specially designed for grinding out uniform results”
“I felt clearly that what was needed was not any particular material object, not wealth or comfort or power, but our awakening to full consciousness in the freedom of soul, the freedom of life in God, where we have no enmity with those who must fight, no competition with those who must make money, where we are beyond all attacks and above all insults”
“Wealth is a golden cage in which the children of the rich are bred into artificial deadening of their powers. Therefore in my school, I had to provide for this great teacher – this bareness (non existence) of furniture and materials. Not because of its poverty, but because it leads to personal experience of the world and nature”
“Luxuries are the burdens of other peoples habits, the burdens of the vicarious pride and pleasure which parents enjoy through their children”
“When I had to face the question of my own sons education, the first thing I did was to take him away from the town surroundings in to a village and allow him the freedom of primeval nature, as far as it is available in modern days. He had a river where he swam and rowed without check from the anxiety of his elders. He spent his time in the fields and on the trackless sandbanks, coming late to his meals without being questioned”
“The mind of the child is always on the alert, restless and eager to receive firsthand knowledge from mother nature. Children should be surrounded with the things of nature which have their own educational value. Their minds should be allowed to stumble upon and surprised at everything that happens in todays life”
“Children’s minds are sensitive to the influences of the world. Their sub-conscious minds are active, always imbibing some lesson, and realizing the joy of knowing. This sensitive receptivity allows them, without any strain, to master language, which is the most complex and difficult instrument of expression, full of indefinite ideas and abstract symbols… Because of this, their introduction to the world of reality is easy and joyful”
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