Importance of Inquiry in Education
The Choice Map, Q-Storming
“Real education means solving all life's problems.”
- Teachings of Lord Kapila
“Education means one becomes a gentleman.”
- Lecture BG 4.14-19 New York 3 August 1966
“Education means one is very gentle and learned. “
- Lecture SB 1.2.6 Mauritius 5 October 1975
WHO IS LEARNED?
matrvat para-daresu para-dravyesu lostra-vat
atmavat sarva-bhutesu yah pasyati sa panditah
"One who considers another's wife as his mother, another's
possessions as a lump of dirt and treats all other living
beings as he would himself, is considered to be learned.”
- Canakya Pandita
SB 9.10.27 Purport
STUDENTS SHOULD TEACH
That is the way of Indian teaching, that there is one teacher, and how
he's managing hundreds? That means there are groups. One who is
elderly student, he's taking some beginners: "Write a or A like this."
That he can teach. What he has learned, he can teach. Similarly, next
group, next group.
So in this way, one teacher can manage hundreds of students of
different categories. This is organization. Not that everything I have to
do. I cannot teach anybody to do it. That is not intelligence.
Intelligence is that employ others to help you.
Train assistant so that in your absence things can be done. So the
elderly students, they could be ...
Everyone should be teacher and student.
Room Conversation -- July 31, 1976, New Mayapur (French farm)
MEEK AND HUMBLE
As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, a person who is
actually a brahmana and is very learned must
automatically become very gentle also.
If a person does not become meek and humble, all his
studies of the Vedas and Puranas and his vast
knowledge of the sastras are simply outward dress, like
the costume of a theatrical artist dancing on the stage.
Krsna Book 78
We learn ...
William Glasser Institute
Goals Beyond Academics
Educating intelligence plus change of heart
Character and competence
Coaching and mentoring for students
GITA Model (Goals – Ideas – Tests – Action)
Students’ Mutual Coaching (Personal
Questions, Feedforward, GITA Model)
Learn by teaching (William Glasser Institute)
Teach less for more
Misuse of sastra for misbehavior
Prepare – Perticipate - Perform
Weekly Life Organizer (for goals and daily action)
Personal Coaching (for personal empowerment and
The Learner/Teacher Approach and Three-Person
Teaching (students should teach, “Eeach one teach
one while being taught by one”)
Personal study and pre-work
Establishing learning and service goals
Identifying helpful resources and support systems
Linking course content to your and ISKCON’s goals
Participation in a course or a workshop can be a tremendous
catalyst for change. Such an experience provides:
Focused concentration and immersion in a learning
Sharing among participants that facilitates
implementation and service improvement.
The creation of ongoing learning relationships among
A safe place to experiment and practice new behaviors.
Exposure to other perspectives and active dialogue.
Inspiration, motivation, and vision to change behavior.
Weekly Life Organizer
Online learning networks
Three-Person Teaching (“Each one teach one ... “)
Follow Up Agreements
FOLLOW UP RESULTS
Clear, written results
How much knowledge has been converted into
improved Vaisnava behavior and service?
Vaisnava behavior and service is actively supported
through effective tools, follow-up
events, coaching, and other assistance.
Great results begin with great questions
A question not asked is a door not opened
Better questions bring better answers
Self-questions and interpersonal questions
Problem-oriented or solution-oriented
Negative Questions or Success Questions
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life
depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55
minutes determining the proper question to ask, for
once I know the proper question, I could solve the
problem in less than five minutes.”
Rather than seeking new answers and solutions, create as
many new questions as possible.
Get the best answers and solutions by asking the best
Questions open thinking.
Empowers collaborative, creative and strategic thinking.
A tool for moving beyond limitations in perception and
thinking and advancing to new, extraordinary solutions
Used to greatly improve decision making, problem
solving, strategic planning, and innovation.
Based on three premises:
1) Great results begin with great questions
2) Most problems can be solved with enough of the
3) The questions we ask ourselves often provide the most
fruitful openings for new thinking and possibilities
Done with a group or team of devotees, when exploring
ideas and possibilities.
In goal-oriented conversations between two devotees, for
example, in coaching, leadership, management, or other
Can be done in person or online, with a global devotee
team or a devotee in a different geographic location.
Sharpens intelligence and memory
1. What’s wrong (with me/others)?
2. Whose fault is it?
3. How can I prove I’m right?
4. Why is that person so stupid and frustrating?
5. Haven’t we already been there, done that?
6. How will this make things worse?
7. How can I be in control?
8. Why bother?
1. What do I want?
2. What assumptions am I
making and what are the
3. What am I responsible for?
4. What am I missing or
5. What is the other person
thinking, feeling, wanting?
6. What’s there to accept and
forgive in myself/others?
7. What questions should I
ask myself and/or others?
8. What can I learn:
…from this person or
…from this mistake or
…from this success?
9. How else can I think about
10. How can I make this a win-
11. What’s possible?
12. What action steps make the
KRSNA CONSCIOUS QUESTIONS
What is the most Krsna conscious thing to do in this
How can I see this through the eyes of sastra?
What would please Krsna here?
What would Prabhupada do in this situation?
What would I do now if Prabhupada was watching?
What is the spiritual test that I have to pass here?
What can I learn from this that will help me be more Krsna
How is this an opportunity to surrender to Krsna?
Education is meant to improve character and competence
Better to learn less but learn it, teach it and apply it well
Skilled Inquiry could vastly improve learning and
Education is meant to create leaders, preachers and
spiritual guides for devotees and other people
Education with a Follow Up in the form of Personal
Coaching, Inquiry, Mutual Coaching, Personal Planning
and Three-Person Teaching could bring much greater
results for all concerned
Work to broaden our vision of education, based on Srila
Educational team makes a plan how to add Follow Up to
education and take better, holistic care of the students
Helping students succeed as devotees, family members and
citizens become an important goal of education
Involve devotees who could help with the enrichment of
the educational programs
How? (More details available)
THANK YOU KINDLY!