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Unconditioning and Education



 
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Unconditioning and Education: The need for a radical approach

This book presents a series of dialogues in which renowned educator and religious teacher J. Krishnamurti explores with parents and teachers the need for a radical approach to schooling and their intention to establish such a school in the Ojai valley in California. They discuss the conditioning effects on children and educators of teaching and environments in schools based on traditional methods of education. They look at the stultifying effects of knowledge-based approaches which, instead of broadening the minds of children in a setting that encourages observation and creativity, conditions them to conform to society. To free the mind’s broader potential and to educate the whole human being they see that there must be right relationship between students and teachers in an atmosphere of attention, care and trust.

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What does it mean to be educated? Is it to conform to the pattern of society, acquiring enough knowledge to act skilfully in that society? Does to be educated mean adjusting oneself to society and following the dictates of that society? Is education merely to cultivate one segment of the mind to use knowledge skilfully?

Is it possible to educate the totality of man, instead of cultivating memory as we do, and depending on that memory to act skilfully? The cultivation of memory and dependence on that is part of the degeneration of humanity, because then man becomes merely mechanical, always acting in the field of the known. When we are acting in the field of knowledge, we are acting according to a past pattern; so then the brain must be conditioned, it has no flexibility.

Knowledge has become the factor of conditioning the mind to a certain pattern according to which it acts. We are asking if it is possible to educate human beings from childhood and beyond to nurture the whole outward and inward totality of man. Is it possible in our life to educate ourselves completely, totally, inwardly as well as outwardly?


[Abstracted from one of J. Krishnamurti’s dialogues with parents and teachers as they discussed their intention to begin Oak Grove School in Ojai, California.]


Publisher: Krishnamurti Publications International
Author: J. Krishnamurti
Language: English
156 pp - Paper
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Radical approachs to education & unconditioning January 25, 2016
Reviewer: John Dombek from Santa Clara, UT United States  
The conversations between Krishnamurti and those in the group discussing establishing a school, were enlightening. The reasons given and discussed had never before crossed my mind. But as I read on,  it  became apparent they were discussing ideas critically basic to helping children, their teachers, parents and all school personnel understand what is necessary, even required to uncover the unique potential and abilities all humans have to create a loving society.
In my case, I had to read slowly and carefully. Firstly, because my attention span scatters all over the place. But more importantly because the ideas were unique. I even smiled now and then with a kind of, how shall I say it? The pleasure of learning new and unsuspected ideas and remedies? The content of the  discussions can produce a new, totally different society.   Marketers might say, "New and Improved."

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Perfect December 24, 2015
Reviewer: F. Grohe from Switzerland  
Well packaged, timely delivery, no problems.

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UNCONDITIONING AND EDUCATION December 9, 2015
Reviewer: Len Amato from Howard Beach, NY United States  
I'VE NOT STARTED TO READ THE BOOK YET.  BUT,
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Great resource... December 9, 2015
Reviewer: Jason Bender from Devon, PA United States  
...for understanding Krishnamurti's views on education.

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