Celebrating Diversities

Disha Pandey

in J. Krishnamurti and Educational Practice

Published in print October 2018 | ISBN: 9780199487806
Published online July 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780199097715 | DOI:

Series: Education and Society in South Asia

Celebrating Diversities

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Previously, scholars who have extensively researched inclusion have argued that some schools, under the shroud of being inclusive, are inherently and discreetly exclusionary. Following this, the chapter evaluates how inclusive education unfolds within the walls of the Valley school. It navigates through the waters of the student-teacher relationship at the school which is combined with Jiddu Krishnamurti’s philosophy in the setting of mixed-age classrooms that encourage dialogue and participation from all students. This chapter argues that inclusion in the junior-school takes place precisely because the school celebrates diversity of every child without holding a strict benchmark for an ideal student. The main focus here is to analyse the processes that successfully combine to enable inclusion as opposed to assimilation – a concept that has been recklessly assumed to be identical to inclusion. The chapter also engages with a pertinent question: is inclusion a possible future for all our schools?

Keywords: Inclusion; disability; special education; philosophy; school; diversity

Chapter.  13120 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Education

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