Classroom with a View: Notes from the Krishnamurti Schools raises and addresses an important but often ignored question: what is school a place for? Drawing from everyday pedagogy in the Krishnamurti schools, it suggests that school is where children learn in an expansive sense — across subjects and beyond the classroom, in the sports field, during a nature walk, a class excursion, on the streets, and not only from teachers, but equally from workers, artisans, poets, performers…
The book details a range of exercises and projects which can enable teachers from a variety of schools to put this vision of learning into practice. Teachers interested in fostering independent thought as well as collaborative work will find this a thoughtful and practical guide.
About the Author
Ashwin Prabhu found his way into teaching in a rather fortuitous manner. Right on the threshold of a conventional corporate career, he came upon the works of J. Krishnamurthy early on. For the next decade, even as he journeyed on in his professional life, he kept coming back, again and again, to fundamental questions about education and its purpose. Eventually, he joined The School—the Krishnamurti School in Chennai. The time he spent in school allowed him to examine his questions about learning, growing, and finding one’s place in the world, and this book is an outcome of that engagement.
About the Publisher
Tara Books is an independent publishing house started in 1994 by Gita Wolf. Over the years, she was joined by other creative friends who have helped Tara grow organically and in many directions.