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The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me...."Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied. "When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year, the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I wou…

Importance of Physical Education

Importance of Physical Education - Dr. Ajit Sabnis

   We have discussed earlier four types of education- The physical, the vital, the mental and the spiritual. Let me touch upon Physical Education today.
Physical Education relates to our physical body that is the basis for everything.  Of all the domains of human consciousness, the physical is the one, which is most completely governed by method, order, discipline and process. The lack of plasticity and receptivity in matter (our body) has to be replaced by a detailed organisation that is both precise and comprehensive.
Physical education has three principal aspects:

1. Control and discipline of the functioning of the body,

2. An integral, methodical and harmonious development of all the parts and movements of the body
3. Correction of any defects and deformities.

Physical Training
Physical training for a child includes discipline, regularity, strength, endurance, plasticity, flexibility and suppleness. Sound body will have sound mind and…

Child's Learning Process


            Human brain is the result of millions of years of evolution and at present man is a mental being. What does this mean? Without getting into the metaphysical aspects, let us say, as a species, his (He and She) inquisitiveness can be satiated by logic and reason. He is by no means the perfect being in the evolutionary process. Brain is a physical organ that is being used as an instrument for the learning process.
What Then Is Learning? 
The process of internalizing information so as to be able to apply to real-life problem-solving situations and come to more creative and fulfilling ways of living and responding to life-conditions and situations.
Learning is a Physical Experience!
A dry and entirely academic learning experience never satisfies the child. For a child, learning is as much physical as it is emotional. In fact, a child is first and foremost a physical being. Then as it grows, its emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual facult…

Importance of Values Education

Importance of Values Education
- Dr. Ajit Sabnis source: 3di- associates-wordpress       Every child is a soul in evolution. Integral education encourages the child to find its true self depending on its own nature through art, literature, sports, music, dance and other creativity principles. Early childhood is a critical stage in terms of a child's physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual development. Mental and physical development progress at a rapid rate and most of learning takes place from birth to age of six years. Studies have shown that the human brain develops fastest within the first eight years and hence can be termed as formative years of learning. This period of childhood is also called, the Golden age. It is strongly believed that child’s moral concept and behavior also develop during this golden age. Therefore it is important to impart and identify with child's education from an early age, including values education. The objective of early childhood educa…

Cognitive and Intellectual Faculties

Cognitive and Intellectual Faculties
- Dr. Ajit Sabnis

I was on my vacation immersed in the Himalayan Splendour of Kashmir valley in the north-western parts of India- The Pir Panjal Range. Experience of a lifetime, unforgettable.
So be it! Let us get back to some serious things now!
Today, let us talk on Faculties and Skills of a child so that it can become an independent learner and engage herself more meaningfully and creatively with the world around it and come to the full flowering of its innate intelligence and understanding.
An important objective of integral education is to develop the student's Cognitive and Intellectual faculties. For this, it is necessary for parents and teachers, as primary stakeholders in education, to know as to what faculties are to be developed.
The following is a list of faculties that may be developed through project work. The list is not exhaustive and more may be added to it.
1.        Faculty of Observation:
To learn, to see, pay attention to detai…

Three Fundamental Principles of Education

Three Fundamental principles of education - Dr. Ajit Sabnis

“Empowering the young minds to become socially responsible global citizens is our Goal.”

            Till now, we have seen as to how teachers, parents play an important role as primary stakeholders in the process of education. We also talked about the Role model conflict arising in a child due to constant exposure to different surroundings and five basic elements of education juxtaposing them along with five gross elements of the nature. In the last two postings, I have shared about eight types of intelligence through which a child can be understood and pedagogy strategized. Three types of learners, three types of temperaments and three types of natures have also been illustrated.
Today let me share about three fundamental principles of education thru which a child’s imagination can be taken beyond the horizons present rote method of learning.
Each Child is a soul in evolution and the true knowledge lies deep within. True teachin…

Nature, Temperament and Learning

Nature, Temperament and Learning 
- Dr. Ajit Sabnis

It is an established fact that left brain, as a faculty, handles logic, analysis, numbers, grammar, abstracts etc. This part of the brain divides the total picture into small bits, analyse them and interpret. The Right Brain, handles creativity, emotions, imagination, comprehension, synthesis etc. This part of the brain unites all the information to understand thetotality.

While educating and understanding a child, the age old Indian Gurukala System of education considered the following. Even in the present times, these are applicable.
Three types of Temperament among children:
1. Intellectually Oriented Children : These children understand by explanation and would proceed further on their own. They only need proper guidance.
2. Emotionally Oriented Children: These children should be taught through emotions. For example, this behavior is bad – it will hurt you and him – how do you feel after doing bad work etc.
3. Third type of children are…