Fw: [Discuss-sudbury-model] For India?

From: The Booroobin Sudbury School / Derek Sheppard <derek.sheppard_at_booroobinschool.com.au>
Date: Fri Dec 13 08:13:00 2002

> Hi Ranajit and Sree,
> We don't know of any democratic Schools in India. However, I was invited
> along with Ramu Manivannan and others to a Seminar in Japan earlier this
> year to consider the implications and issues faced by alternative / free /
> democratic Schools in the Asia Pacific region. Ramu is establishing
small
> community Schools in India called Buddha Smiles. Ramu is Reader in
> Political Science at Hindu College, at the University of Delhi. He may
know
> of other Schools. I think there would be good possibilities and
> opportunities in India, for the reasons that Ranajit suggested. We are
not
> too far away in Australia, with similar political origins and structures
but
> probably a million kilometres away in terms of cultures.
> Regards, Derek Sheppard
> The Booroobin Sudbury School - a centre of learning
> www.booroobinschool.com.au
> Ph / fax +61 07 5499 9944
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ranajit Chatterjee" <ranajit_chatterjee_at_yahoo.com>
> To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
> Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 11:27 AM
> Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] For India?
>
>
> > Dear Sree,
> >
> > Its good to hear from you.
> >
> > --- srimad_at_juno.com wrote:
> > > Dear Ranajit: I am also from India and I
> > > was also facinated by the SVS model. I had visited
> > > the Summerhill school in England and a SVS school in
> > > Connecticut, USA. I think they are great.
> >
> > > I justdon't see many Indian parents opting for such
> > a
> > > school as the people in India seem to want to have
> > > absolute control over their children's bodies, minds
> > > and feelings!
> >
> > Well in a country of over a billion the possibility
> > to find parents of many different categories are
> > quite high.
> >
> > > I have heard that that changes have
> > > taken place and that children of today have more
> > > freedom than ever before. If this is true, then a
> > > few schools in the large cities or residential
> > > schools for the super rich kids could be possible.
> >
> > In fact my optimism about the possibilities in
> > India comes from quite opposite end of the spectrum.
> > In communities where there is a long tradition of
> > following convention and receiving the 'fruits' of
> > conventional education policies - it is expected to
> > be more difficult to convince many of the parents
> > to choose some un-trodden path for their kids.
> > But unlike the situation in many other countries
> > the 'center of gravity' of access to education in
> > India is quite shifted towards the 'have-nots'.
> > And if some feasible option can be made available to
> > the parents who cant even think of having even a
> > preliminary education for their children -
> > philosophical resistance might be the last thing one
> > need to worry about. Which makes a vast open ground
> > available to experiment with out-of-the-way systems
> > to prove the benefits. And as more precedence will be
> > available within the familiar socio-economic setting
> > - the part of 'convincing parents' may become less
> > complex.
> >
> > But the issue remains a daunting task more from the
> > point of economic feasibility and finding people - who
> >
> > inspite of being brought up in conventional systems -
> > could managed to unlearn the imposed thought and value
> >
> > structure for better.
> >
> > Looking forward to keep hearing from you.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Ranajit
> >
> > > I too am interested in hearing about about any SVS
> > > school in India.
> > >
> > > Sree
> > > Chengara P. Sreemadhavan (sreemadhavana_at_yahoo.com)
> > >
> >
> >
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