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This first comprehensive book about Total Education was originally published in 1983 — six years after the author, Vijayadev Yogendra, had established the School of Total Education in St Kilda in Melbourne.
The book provides a structured and detailed presentation of the concepts of Total Education and the way the ideas were put into practice in the School of Total Education.
This companion volume to “Total Education: The Urgent Need”, also by Vijayadev Yogendra, was originally published in 1985. It presents the author’s educational ideals in the context of contemporary history.
Vijayadev Yogendra explains how the 20th century’s over-emphasis on material prosperity and individualism has been at the expense of personal and family life. Education has been re-shaped to meet the needs of industrial expansion and, in the process, the consideration of individual uniqueness and personal growth has been lost.
Not one to dwell on the past, Vijayadev Yogendra devotes much of this volume to a practical exposition of how education for the future must be re-oriented to counter these trends, to prepare children for a world of ever-hastening change, and to develop future citizens who have self-reliance, tolerance of their fellow man and the capacity to cope confidently with any life situation.
The author also presents a lucid analysis of how parental influences condition the child to re-live the life of his parents and places the onus on us, the parents, to change ourselves as the only way of breaking this cycle.
The book includes a foreword and an appendix by Dr Robert Muller, former Assistant secretary-General of the United Nations.