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Could your Child Be A Genius?

Een praktische uitleg in het engels over de methodiek en het handelen op de schoolprojecten. Alle methodes en oefeningen worden uitvoerig beschreven in de onderstaande 12 artikelen (geschreven door Aruna Raghavan, correspondent van de beide scholen).

Alternative eduction - by Aruna Raghavan 

Correspondent, Primrose School, Pondicherry

Correspondent, Shikshayatan School, Arasavanangkadu, Tamil Nadu

chetan.jpg (57063 bytes) Most of us believe that geniuses are a very rare breed and only a few children are born with that potential. Not according to the Raghavans! "Many children have the potential of developing genius," according to them. "Every child has far more potential than comes to the surface under normal circumstances. The secret is to create conditions that enable the child to discover and express their full potential."
"Young children have an incredible capacity for learning," says Aruna Raghavan. "They can learn to read multiple languages with ease at a very young age, even before entering school. They can imbibe a wide range of general knowledge just as a form of recreation." Her husband Raghavan adds, "Children can learn at least twice as fast as they normally do in traditional schools without homework, cramming or strain of any type. Learning can be fun for the kids and a way for parents to relate to them positively."

 

The birth of their daughter, Niru, made them search for new methods. They stumbled on the techniques developed by Dr Glenn Doman in the USA, combined them with ideas on education taught by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and found they worked miraculously with their own child, who began reading voraciously and learning on her own at a very young age.

Doman concluded that the first six years of life are a time when children learn naturally, spontaneously, effortlessly and joyously - as a form of play - and that the more opportunities the child has for learning during this period, the more rapidly he learns and the greater his capacities for learning. The younger the child, the greater the capacity to learn. Every child's natural ability to learn far exceeds what we are tapping, because of the deficiency in our teaching methods. Our present educational methods tap and develop only a very small portion (at best 5%) of human capacity. Each child is a potential genius, with unique capacities. The system should be capable of recognizing this and drawing it out. The programmes are propagated to begin with three week babies and go on till the child is five years. By then, the child was well into reading books beyond his level. But it is understood that the figures may vary.

The Raghavans are not just talking through their hats. They are working practically applying advanced methods of early childhood education to help normal children develop their fully innate potential. Aruna and her husband first became interested in early childhood education in the late 1980s while living in Mumbai. She was a secondary school teacher. He was a Chartered Accountant with a highly successful computer software consulting business.

Eight years ago the Raghavans left Mumbai to set up their own school at Arasavanangkadu village near Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. Three years ago Aruna guided the launch of Primrose School in Pondicherry and several others since then. All the schools are applying the same basic approach. "The methods we apply in our schools enable even average children to perform way above average, to acquire self-confidence and individuality."

Hieronder 12 praktische artikelen over de Glenn Doman methode op de scholen. 

12. Evaluation without Exams

In our schools we have no exams. And every one I meet asks the same questions. How do you mark your children? By percentage? By grades? Do you have unit tests? How do you average at the end of the year? And when I say we have no formal evaluation they look wild with worry. How can you know your children are doing well?, they ask. Often I am tempted to tell them that they don't need their mothers in law to evaluate their daily cooking. Surely the joy with which the family eats and their health are proof enough. However, since analogy as a style of speech has gone out of fashion, I take them through the process.

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11. Teaching Science to your child

Some of the best things in life have been given the impossible title 'physics'; and having given them that, we assiduously try to forget they exist. Yet, children discover most of the laws of nature and with great joy. Some of the best things in life begin 'Once upon a time'. Here's a story that you might like to tell your child. Nothing like a story to kindle interest !

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10. Emotional Growth

Learning is emotional maturing. And learning is not to be confused with going to school!

At best, school stimulates a child intellectually. School provides a child with a knowledge of the world he lives in. That is what 'subjects' are all about. If in geography he is taught about the physical factors that go to make up the planet, in physics he is taught the laws by which the planet abides. If in biology he is taught how life forms, he is taught chemistry to understand the relationship between life forms. (At least that is what 'subjects' are meant to do.) The child's information of the world grows. This is an intellectual stimulation. If teaching stops here, the child comes out without being equipped to understand.

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9. Poetry and your child

We are all Pygmalions. We like to make, remake, put our heads to a side, shake it and re remake our children. The perfect child is always the neighbour's until it lives with us for a week! If our child loves the rain, then we like dry weather; if our child loves to feel the squelch of freshly watered garden then we like the clean cemented drive way; if we like to drink from the cup he likes to watch the bubble disappear as he slurps from the saucer. In short, our children are a trial to us. Luckily, nobody asks a kid who his trial is. No wonder too. Because, even if not willingly, out of obedience he walks on the cement, but neither for fun nor for love do we ever walk on squelchy mud.

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8. Physical Education

Education can be seen as a sum total of four parts : the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. Of them all, the physical is the youngest and the most basic. Physical education is also perhaps the most neglected. So today, I take up two aspects of physical education : hygiene and health.

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