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Various Authors , ( ca. 1902..1906 ), Excerpts from "Indian Education" , India , unknown , p. 9


 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN TEACHING IN INDIA

"THE Kindergarten," says Dr. E. Benjamin Andrews, "is now recognised by all thoughtful persons as one of Society’s main hopes for the future." "It is essential for the salvation of the children," says another. Thus, the importance of kindergarten as the right hand of a well-regulated system of education has been already established. And it is the object of this paper to discuss how best Kindergarten teaching may be popularised in this country.

Some one has said that the best school is the one most like the home, and the best home is one in which the parents are "educators." This has the implication that there is a vital relation between the two. In the ancient history of India we find it related in Sanskrit literature that the parents instructed their own children. They were taught like the ancient Romans and Hebrews to spin, to weave, to sing, to cook, and to attend to gardening. They were men instructed how to be orators and diplomatists. (It is said that Gangi, an ancient Indian lady, was an expert in academical and public discussions.) But it is to be regretted that the educative influence of modern Indian homes is nil, and there is a great divergence in what an Indian boy finds his home and what he finds a school. "Transfer home atmosphere to public education " is one of