Education and Peace by Jane Sahi

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Secondly, to develop an ability to acquire new knowledge for oneself. Thirdly, to have sufficient knowledge to think independently, and form one’s own judgements. This was possible through reason and discernment. Reason and Discernment The practice of Ahimsa requires, according to Gandhi, “the keenest intelligence, and a wide-awake conscience”. He, therefore, saw the teacher’s primary role was to teach children the power to discriminate. We are thinking, knowing beings, and we must in this period distinguish truth from untruth, sweet from bitter language, clean from unclean things, and so on..

423. 190. , Basic National Education, Hindustani Talimi Sangh. , To the Students, p. 160. 27. 46} Vinoba, Thoughts on Education, p. 30-32. 60. , Collected Works, Vol. 46. 49) Vinoba, Thoughts on Education. 50) Young India, August, 1921. , Collected Works, Vol. 505-6. 201. , Collected Works, Vol. 33. 246. , Collected Works, Vol. 366. 1 Viability of Small Schools Recently the days in the village where I live were marked morning and evening by the monotonous thud of a drum. This noise was the accompaniment to the children of the nearby school practising drill.

Gandhi saw the power to listen had to be based on “solid rock” and needed the discipline of courage, humility, and fearlessness. In response to a critic in 1921, who demanded to know whether impudent youngsters can claim authority to be acting on their conscience, Gandhi wrote; “Willfulness is not conscience.. conscience is the ripe fruit of the strictest discipline. Irresponsible youngsters therefore who have never obeyed anything or anybody except their animal instincts have no conscience....

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