Education, liberation, and freedom from the known : the philosophy of J. Krishnamurti
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In studying the philosophy of J. Krishnamurti, I will be focusing on his ideas on education. Krishnamurti insists on educating without fear, without authority, and without competition. He suggests that, rather than a hierarchical relationship, the educator and the educated should meet on the same level, questioning and counter-questioning. He promotes the idea that the mind must become incredibly sensitive, alert, and aware in order for real learning to take place. A mind in this state is alive and innocent, ready for learning. Keen observation and self-knowledge should be the main goals in education, so that the students can form clear pictures of themselves and the world around them. The concepts of freedom, discipline, and order are also very important in the understanding of right education. One purpose of this education is so that students will not conform and simply fit into society. To change society, which Krishnamurti feels is in dire need of change, one must start by changing oneself. Education, which he agrees must include the gaining of knowledge, must more importantly create intelligent human beings; therefore, education is of the utmost significance in the bettering of life, and indeed, in the very survival of it.