June , 2018
Rabindranath Tagore on Education
15:07 pm

B.E. Bureau

Rabindranath Tagore was one of the most progressive educators in him time from West Bengal. He envisioned a holistic approach to education which was connected with the culture and surrounding along with the outer world as well.

lTagore was a pioneer for education which was concerned with intellectual understanding and peace in order to maintain respect and intimacy with nature for rural and social engagements.

lRabindranath Tagore’s educational endeavors were motivated by postcolonial ideas of liberation since he felt that education was important for giving respect and self-reliance.

lThere should be an intellectual, artistic, progressive and liberal atmosphere for learning. Learning should encompass joy and freedom.

lIt is important for the children to have freedom and not having enough freedom or being harshly disciplined can have demoralizing and devastating effects on children.

lChildren should have the right to choose what they wish to do with their time and the adults should not affect or comment on that.

l Children should have their own space to speak for themselves and place them creatively.

l Rabindranath Tagore argued that the children and adults should have different ways of learning i.e. adults may find books as their motivation but the children can always learn unconsciously and with indefiniteness. He had said, “The child because it has no conscious object of life beyond living can see all things around it, can hear every sound with a perfect freedom of attention, not having to exercise choice in the collection of information”.

l The best way for the children to learn is with the “method of nature”. Children can learn their language on their own in a better and faster way and it is preferred over someone else explaining it to them.

l Rabindranath Tagore used an analogy to warn educators of the detrimental effects of applying the adult method of learning o children. However, Tagore also
recognised that the children are to be seen as their own so that their strengths, enthusiasm and powers are clearly visible. 


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