scores may say something about a country’s educational progress; but it is like measuring the health of a person by just looking at his brain. He has many more centres than that, and they need nourishing too.
The question I always ask parents is: what kind of human being do you want your child to be? And when I spell out the vision of what a human being is capable of – drawing on Plato and Swami Vivekananda as inspirations – they almost always agree. And I suspect the same response in India.
In late January and early February I shall be offering an eight centre Lecture Tour, discussing a new vision for education. Unashamedly, I am drawing on the concept of the Dalai Lama, who told a meeting I was attending:
“What the world needs is an education in warm-heartedness!”
“Yes,” I inwardly declared. “But what does it mean?”
I have been working on a model and shall be presenting it to audiences during my lecture tour. It is both innovative and traditional. I hope it will resound in people’s hearts when they hear it; if it does, it stands the chance of working because it will be true.
By David Boddy, Principal, Anglo Schools International Services
NOTE: The views expressed are those of the author