Concluding Comments

Meenakshi Thapan

in Life at School

Second edition

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679649
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081837 | DOI:
Concluding Comments

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This book has explored the relationship between ideology, school and society through an analysis of the different aspects of school life in the Rishi Valley School in India. The educational processes in Rishi Valley are based on a well-articulated ideology which challenges conventional methods of education but, paradoxically, employs a formal system. This chapter summarizes how the book has looked at the school's social and cultural settings and their implications for teachers and pupils. It has examined Jiddu Krishnamurti's alternate world-view and educational thought as a form of ideological discourse. It has also explicated the school's cultural setting by analyzing the rituals and ceremonies associated with the daily round of activities and dramatizations of the same. Furthermore, the book has also discussed teacher culture, pupil culture, teacher-teacher interaction, and teacher-pupil interaction. One important conclusion that can be drawn from this ethnographic study of Rishi Valley is the clash of ideologies in school processes: competitive and result-oriented impulses amongst pupils and teachers often go against the other-worldly ideology of J Krishnamurthy, the school's founder.

Keywords: Rishi Valley School; Educational thought; other-worldly ideology; Rishi Valley teachers; Rishi Valley pupils; school life; Jiddu Krishnamurti; teacher culture; pupil culture

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