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Rabindranath Tagore My School


Summary of the 'My School' by Rabindranath Tagore

The author and world-poet Rabindranath Tagore were brought up in the stony-hearted city of Calcutta in his boyhood. His heart longed for true freedom from urban bondage. So for establishing his own school, Tagore selected a beautiful place far away from the hustle-bustle of town life. There the sky was unobstructed and the mind could enjoy 'fearless freedom'.

At first, the author started his school with only five or six students. He did not believe in the traditional way of teaching. He composed musical plays and operas in which the students had to participate. He tried to rouse their interest in all things and allowed them as much liberty as possible. The students learned literature more through rehearsals than the grammar class-teachings. Gradually all students got interested in music and they shared community life with the teachers. They co-operated and worked together during sports and festivals.

The co-education system also worked perfectly at the author's school. The boys and girls helped in each other's daily work and everything was managed by mutual help. The author often invited guest-lecturers from outside India to share life, experience, and relationship with the students. Their minds became hospitable and they (students) became free from the differences of country, creed, and prejudices.

Night-schools were also started to educate the primitive people of the neighboring villages. The students taught them how to cultivate in up-to-date scientific ways and fight against diseases. Above all, the author wanted his students not to depend solely on textbooks but to live a completely free life. That to him was the purpose of education. 

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