Issue 20 - January 2016
- Written by J. Krishanmurti
Goodness can flower only in freedom. It cannot bloom in the soil of persuasion in any form, nor under compulsion, nor is it the outcome of reward. It does not reveal itself when there is any kind of imitation or conformity, and naturally it cannot exist when there is fear. Goodness shows itself in behaviour and this behaviour is based on sensitivity. This goodness is expressed in action.
- Written by Karen Hesli
I consider it to be a great good fortune to have lived alongside the people and trees of Oak Grove School for most of my adult life. This good fortune has surrounded me with oaks, mountain vistas and children of all ages to ‘understand the vast field of our existence’.
- Written by Yasmin Jayathirtha
In Pala, a fictional place in Aldous Huxley’s novel Island, the myna birds called out “attention, attention”, “here and now boys, here and now”. As I stand in line before lunch to rewash a badly washed plate, I ponder over the use of mynas.
- Written by Jeff Welch
I have played soccer for thirty-three years. During this time, several old timers like myself have tried to encourage a non-competitive game by asking players who must keep score to keep it to themselves and to make the game as fun as possible with no overeager competitiveness.
- Written by P. Ramesh
‘Conflict’ is the buzz word. Recently, a long retired but still immensely respected cricketer was being asked for his views on the question of ‘conflict of interest’, an issue that has been plaguing Indian cricket authorities for some time now.
- Written by Sushil Shintre and Chaitrali Ranade
It is ‘circle time’ and the class has to decide on a cooperative game for sports day. The emphasis is on choosing a game or activity that allows for the coming together of the group in a safe and cooperative manner.
- Written by Mary Kelley
The ‘uncharted territory’ of my title is the world within us. As Krishnamurti has pointed out, the world without is merely a reflection of the one within; and so, we can learn about ourselves by being fully aware of the reality outside of us, the chaotic world in which we live and act in relation to other people.
- Written by Arvind Ranganathan
In the world of education, ‘excellence’ is thought of as synonymous with ‘success’. One of the consequences of this thinking is that school and college education is structured around competition and a need to categorize people by measurable ability.
- Written by Kristy Lee
Knowing how young children find stability and benefit from order and structure, how will increased structure and predictability of work in class affect the quality of the attention and engagement of older students?