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INDIA's Heritage & Culture

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 Transforming Schools Through Cultural Self-Reflection                   India's Heritage & Culture has been most                                                                                                                           Heavily Influenced by a popular Hindu                                                                                                                                 religious book - the Story of Sri Raam













Transforming Schools Through Cultural Self-Reflection
Edutopia OCTOBER 7, 2015  Stacey Goodman, Artist and Educator, Oakland, CA

While there is a lot of discussion these days about school culture, and how to best manage and shape it, I believe it might be more beneficial to talk about cultural self-reflection instead. If we believe in the transformative power, insight, and wisdom of the arts and humanities for self-reflection in the lives of our students, why can't we then use these cultural resources to help guide our entire institutions?  Cultural self-reflection is a way of understanding yourself or institution by exploring how the culture you live in shapes who you are. The cultural forces around us -- such as consumerism, industrialization, and secular humanism -- will triumph over any mission statement or strategies for envisioning and managing school culture, whether we like it or not.

Substituting Meditation for Detention Apparently Works Wonders For Kids

For years a Baltimore school has sent more difficult students to their "Mindful Moment Room" instead of detention.

The result has been zero suspensions.

By Raz Robinson                   Jan 31 2018, 11:58 AM

Buddha once said of meditation that “it is better to conquer yourself

than to win a thousand battles.”

It doesn’t take much to understand the truth of this statement,

especially when it comes to teaching stressed out little kids

how to be mindful of their actions. For the past three years, the staff at 

Robert W. Coleman Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland have sent unruly

children to the meditation room instead of detention.

The unusual disciplinary method has seen remarkable results. 

Since the program was put into practice, Robert W. Coleman Elementary

has seen a sharp decrease in referrals and zero suspensions

In an interview with CNN, a Robert W. Coleman student

who had been ejected from his classroom after getting into a fight said 

that he went to the room, “did some deep breathing, had a little snack,

and I got myself together,” before going back and apologizing to his class. 

Welcome to Sanskrit @ St James

  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                    Teaching Sanskrit at St James Schools in UK

  • The St James Schools were established in London in 1975 and one of the founding principles of these Schools was that the teaching of language was to be based on Sanskrit. Sanskrit is taught to all Junior School pupils. In the Senior Schools many pupils take the option of continuing with Sanskrit up to GCSE, AS and A Level, following which some students pursue the subject at university.

  • The teaching of Sanskrit in the Junior School, as well as establishing the basic rules of grammar, emphasizes the beautiful sounding of vowels and consonants, together with precise and elegant writing of the letters.

  • Each year the St James Junior School Sanskrit Speech Competition is held, during which each class recites by heart passages from Sanskrit classics,
    followed by an English translation.






Sanskrit @ St James

  • Sanskrit @ St James is a charity that promotes and supports the teaching of Sanskrit in schools, both at junior and senior school levels world-wide. Based on more than 35 years experience in teaching Sanskrit at the St James Schools in London, Sanskrit @ St James is uniquely well placed to assist other interested schools, educational institutions and individuals.

  • The aim is to share as freely as possible the experience and expertise which has already been developed over the years. To this end Sanskrit @ St James is working to further develop its existing offering of books, courses and resources, to increase its capacity for teacher training, and to establish funds to help young people who wish to study Sanskrit.

  • Sanskrit is an excellent classical language which may be studied in a simple way by young children, but it is also full of the academic rigour appropriate for developing the mind of the modern student as he or she grows in age and ability. Sanskrit is also a perfect tool for the awakening of young hearts and minds to the universality of human thought and depth of self-expression. The concepts and literature which become available through the study of the language are invaluable for character-building and help prepare the student for the challenges of adult life.

  • As this study becomes accessible to more people, so the benefits may be discovered and enjoyed more widely.

  • We invite you to find out more through this website and to contact us with any questions you may have, offers of help in this work, or interest in possibly teaching the subject within your own institution.






Video: A day of teaching sanskrit at St James School in UK


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       The Independent Schools Inspectorate said of the teaching of Sanskrit at St James Junior School:

  • Across the age range, pupils are wholly motivated, utterly absorbed in and intrigued by what they are doing.
    Their concentration is often intense and their behaviour is immaculate. Even the youngest pupils ask questions freely.

  • Several pupils were audibly disappointed when their lesson had to end. One girl in Year 5 explained to the inspector,
    ‘I love Sanskrit. It is one of my favorite subjects – it is so exciting’. 

                                                                      See the St James School website for more information

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