BOOKS ON EDUCATION
ESPECIALLY FOR HOME EDUCATORS
BOOKS TO ENCOURAGE QUESTIONING IN CHILDREN
Some books by J. krishnamurti:
"Life Ahead" - discussions with students and teachers in India
- also an 18 page essay by Krishnamurti on education.
- following from above: more talks to students, teachers and parents in India
"Krishnamurti For the Young"
"What does freedom mean"
"What is it to care?"
- small books excerpted from the above and presented in a way attractive to children.
"You are obliged in some matters to be imitative; as in the clothes you put on, in the books you read, in the language you speak. These are all forms of imitation. But it is necessary to go beyond this level and feel free to think things out for yourself so that you do not thoughtlessly accept what somebody else says, it does not matter who it is - a teacher in the school, a parent, or one of the great religious teachers. To think out things for yourself, and not follow, is very important; because following indicates fear, does it not? The moment somebody offers you something you want - paradise, heaven, or a better job - there is fear of not getting it; therefore you begin to accept, to follow. So long as you want something, there is bound to be fear; and fear cripples the mind so that you cannot be free".
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"Is this all too difficult? I don't think it is as difficult as your geography or mathematics. It is much easier, only you have never thought about it. You spend perhaps ten or fifteen years of your life in school acquiring information, yet you never take time - not a week, not even a day - to think fully, completely about any of these things. That is why it all seems so difficult; but it is not really difficult at all. On the contrary, if you give time to it you can see for yourself how your mind works, how it operates, responds. And it is very important to begin to understand your own mind while you are young, otherwise you will grow up following some tradition which has very little meaning. you will imitate, which is to keep on cultivating fear, and so you will never be free".
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"So, while you are young you should awaken within yourself the flame of discontent; you should be in a state of revolution. This is the time to inquire, to discover, to grow; therefore insist that your parents and your teachers educate you properly. Do not be satisfied merely to sit in a classroom and absorb information about this king or that war. Be discontented, go to your teachers and inquire, find out. If they are not intelligent, by inquiring you will help them to be intelligent; and when you leave the school you will be growing into maturity, into real freedom. Then you will continue to learn right through life till you die, and you will be a happy, intelligent human being".
These are available from various bookshops and also available online fromhttp://www.kfionline.org or write: Krishnamurti Foundation India, Vasanta Vihar, 64-65 Greenways Road, Chennai 600 028. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Ahalya Chari
"Thinking Together" - published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi 1986
- especially for India
This book presents various little stories, or situations that a young person might actually meet, say in school or in the family, and asks questions on the text which invite consideration and discussion.
by Richard Feynman
"The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" - Richard Feynman details how his father was instrumental in his early childhood learning processes, details on how to encourage children to find things out themselves rather than spoon feeding, how association of a name "to a concept" stymies the learning and thinking processes in the children and host of other topics relevant to home educators...
by Terrance Webster Doyle
"Fighting the Invisible Enemy" - (understanding the effects of conditioning)
"Tug of War "
- these books are designed for classrooms in the USA. See:http://www.atriumsoc.org.
the books by David Horsburgh
"Learning about Life" and "Lets Discover Science"
Most of Hosburgh's books can now be down-loaded from http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/