I agree with the Sufi mystic, Rumi, when he says that there are two kinds of intelligence: one is acquired and the other is “already completed and preserved inside you.” The second kind of intelligence, Rumi goes on to say, “…doesn’t move from outside to inside through the conduits of plumbing-learning. This second knowing is a fountainhead from within you, moving out.”
The task of educators, therefore, should be to create environments where this intrinsic intelligence can move out and where acquired learning is guided by this fountainhead of innate knowing.
We seek to fulfill this task at APV School through “Link Syllabus.” Link Syllabus (LS) serves as the gateway between any given syllabus and the body-mind of the student.
At APV, LS has developed into a set of interesting activities that connect inner and outer knowing. Each activity ensures that the body, emotions and intellect of the student are engaged in the process of learning.
A key component of LS is the use of drama, music, and dance. Let us take the example of drama. Through the creation of drama, students involve all aspects of body and mind. Both inner and outer intelligences are activated to produce a symbiotic experience. By the end of the performance, children have not just mastered a few facts and concepts, they have actually grown. They have worked for wholeness and are different human beings.
– The undercurrent of all LS activities is that teachers and students remind one another to stay mindful moment to moment—this ensures that learning is not confined to a tiny area of the brain. On the other hand, material is presented in such a way that the learner is a participator in the quality of the universe.
Anand Dwivedi |Anand Ji is the Director of APV School. He has written three books on holistic education.