PLAN Sastric references Beyond academics Ideas Implementation tools Importance of Inquiry in Education The Choice Map, Q-Storming Proposals
SRILA PRABHUPADA “Real education means solving all lifes 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 anothers wife as his mother, anothers 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 hes managing hundreds? That means there are groups. One who is elderly student, hes 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
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IDEAS 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
IMPLEMENTATION TOOLS Prepare – Perticipate - Perform Weekly Life Organizer (for goals and daily action) Personal Coaching (for personal empowerment and performance) The Learner/Teacher Approach and Three-Person Teaching (students should teach, “Eeach one teach one while being taught by one”) Win-Win-Win Agreements Inquiry
PREPARE 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
PARTICIPATEParticipation in a course or a workshop can be a tremendouscatalyst for change. Such an experience provides: Focused concentration and immersion in a learning experience. Sharing among participants that facilitates implementation and service improvement. The creation of ongoing learning relationships among participants. A safe place to experiment and practice new behaviors. Exposure to other perspectives and active dialogue. Inspiration, motivation, and vision to change behavior.
PERFORM Weekly Life Organizer Personal Coaching Self-paced learning Web-based tools Renewal workshops 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.
FOLLOW UP AGREEMENTS Desired Results Guidelines Resources Accountability Consequences
INQUIRY 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
ALBERT EINSTEIN “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.”
Q-STORMING 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 first. 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 and answers. Used to greatly improve decision making, problem solving, strategic planning, and innovation.
Q-STORMING Based on three premises: 1) Great results begin with great questions 2) Most problems can be solved with enough of the right questions 3) The questions we ask ourselves often provide the most fruitful openings for new thinking and possibilities
Q-STORMING 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 departments. Can be done in person or online, with a global devotee team or a devotee in a different geographic location. Sharpens intelligence and memory
NEGATIVE QUESTIONS1. 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?
SUCCESS QUESTIONS1. What do I want? 8. What can I learn:2. What assumptions am I …from this person or making and what are the situation? facts? …from this mistake or3. What am I responsible for? failure?4. What am I missing or …from this success? avoiding? 9. How else can I think about this?5. What is the other person 10. How can I make this a win- thinking, feeling, wanting? win?6. What’s there to accept and 11. What’s possible? forgive in myself/others? 12. What action steps make the7. What questions should I most sense? ask myself and/or others?
KRSNA CONSCIOUS QUESTIONS What is the most Krsna conscious thing to do in this situation? 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 conscious? How is this an opportunity to surrender to Krsna?
SUMMARY Education is meant to improve character and competence of devotees Better to learn less but learn it, teach it and apply it well Skilled Inquiry could vastly improve learning and application 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
PROPOSALS Work to broaden our vision of education, based on Srila Prabhupada’s teachings 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)
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