Ayurveda is the Science of
Life. It is comprehensive, and
applies to all aspects of life, including education. The Vedic education system that existed in ancient India has
many examples that we can learn from and possibly even apply to our schools
today. The teacher’s home was also
the school, and a small group of students studied there and stayed there, away
from the hectic life of the city so they could concentrate on their work. This residence was called a “gurukula”
or the family of the teacher. This
approach is relationship based, where knowledge flowed freely. There was not an emphasis on
memorization or passing exams.
Vedic education was designed to be individual-oriented, allowing each
student to learn in their own way, with their own strengths. It takes into account each student’s
needs, and interests. The idea is
that education should be personal, rather than mechanical. What is most important is the
development of character of the student.
It sees education as holistic, helping students to grow in body, mind
and spirit, as individuals who will contribute to family, society and country.
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