educare: to draw out
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy
in creative expression and knowledge.
– Albert Einstein
Schools founded by J Krishnamurti:
In California, USA:
Oak Grove School
In Hampshire, UK:
Brockwood Park School
Krishnamurti Foundation India
School is a place where one learns about the totality, the wholeness of life. Academic excellence is absolutely necessary, but a school teaches more than that. It is a place where the teacher and the taught explore not only the outer world, the world of knowledge, but also their own thinking, their behavior.
Education is not merely the acquisition of technical knowledge, but the understanding with sensitivity and intelligence of the whole problem of living… the whole structure of human existence.
As long as there is a centre, the observer, the thinker, the watcher, whatever he does will be within the prison walls.
– J Krishnamurti
The Awakening of Intelligence
– J Krishnamurti
From the Brockwood Park School website:
Brockwood is deeply concerned with a sense of excellence which comes from a depth and breadth of understanding of ourselves and the world around us. This sense of excellence permeates all aspects of our daily life: academic studies, non-academic activities and conduct; hence the study programme here is not a “soft option” it supports and demands sustained attention, inquiry and diligence.
Read the the whole curriculum overview here: brockwood.org.uk
School in the Forest
The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary is a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to conservation and education. This mountain system is bordered by the Arabian Sea on one side and vast arid areas on others. It supports a unique and endangered flora, and has been identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the 25 centres of biodiversity in the world.
Founded in 1981, the Sanctuary is a garden of wild plant species grown at the edge of a large rainforest reserve. Our central intention is to restore endangered species and habitats in a highly fragmented landscape, in which only a fraction of original forest remains and much of the native flora is extracted for human use. The Sanctuary is run by a small group of resident gardeners, naturalists and educators, and supported by a wide circle of well-wishers. Together we offer an approach that is connected to the climate, landscape, ecosystems, plants, animals and people of the Western Ghats.
Caring for the natural world and finding our place in it requires us to open our senses, enter natural spaces and to be where the wild things are. Our residential programs for schoolchildren are aimed at addressing the increasing alienation of people from nature. This is accomplished primarily through an experiential approach to natural history: the cultivation of sensory skills in intensive ‘immersion’ programs in which contact with the forest is core.
More information: Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary website
The Living School
… a democratic, learner-centered educational environment that is community-based, experientially centered, and focused on the creativity and intelligence inherent in each student. We foster inquiry in each participant by allowing the school itself to be a living experiment in learning.
We have created a school in which children and adults together can experience the world as a whole. A school in which participants–children, parents, and teachers–create forms for exploring our relationship to life in all its variety.
In Boulder, Colorado, USA:
the living school
The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
– Albert Einstein
Suggestions for appropriate educational listings on this page are welcome.