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07Sep
2017
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Schools should produce good people. How?

Schools should produce good people. How?. I daresay no one really knows the answer. But at least we know something about the subject. We know, and have known from ancient times, the absolutely essential ingredient for moral action; the ingredient without which action is at best amoral, at worst, immoral.   The ingredient is personal […]

30Aug
2017
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It takes a whole village to raise a child

It takes an entire community to raise a child. A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.   This week, grandfather of a BeMe child visited us and shared his passion – sketching by gel pen. […]

02Aug
2017
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Discipline

Freedom and Responsibility

  Part of the learning is understanding real discipline; not the false discipline resulting from external threat, but the natural integration of our inner drives. We often try to teach kids discipline by forcing them to do something that they don’t want to do, rather than by asking them to see the consequences of their […]

27Jul
2017
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Avoid checking their performance frequently

“Putting children in an alternative school is like investing in mutual funds. Avoid checking their performance frequently.”   In the first year of BeMe, one child worked on making a dinosaur model. Initially, he made a Didi work on his idea. Sometimes he pulled facilitator into this project. He had the idea but didn’t want […]

23Jul
2017
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Elective Courses, Freedom to choose.

At our school, we go along with the students’ decision no matter what. [When we started the school,] We believed that if students were forced to study subjects that they hated or felt inadequate to tackle, then they would probably fail to learn anyway. We preferred to teach things that were of interest to students […]

17Jul
2017
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Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning

What I have learned, very slowly and painfully over the years, is that children make vital decisions for themselves in ways that no adults could have anticipated or ever imagined… The process of self-direction, or blazing your own way, indeed of living your life rather than passing your time, is natural but not self-evident to […]

10Apr
2015
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A Wish

We wish to create a place where children are allowed to observe, to wonder, to imagine, to play, to talk, to think, to judge, to conclude, to fail, to rework, to relax, to experiment, to feel, to frustrate, to express, to LIVE.  A place “WHERE CHILD CAN LIVE HIS LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND CONSTRUCT […]

10Apr
2015
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Obedience: A virtue?

Since childhood days I have been told that obedience is a virtue but, I am now convinced that it’s rather an arrangement which makes things easier for the adults. Nothing wrong in making things easy for yourself but, the side effect is that the child looses his/her identity. Also, when he/she tries to regain the […]

06Apr
2015
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Conflict: How much freedom should we give to children?

Few weeks ago, we were debating on how much freedom the children should have at BeMe.   We looked around at different schools.   In conventional schools, I think,  freedom element is ZERO. Curriculum defines what teachers must teach and students must learn.  Period. Structure in conventional schools: Is a set of physical classes led […]

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