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Fail the method, not the child

It was John Holt who famously said, "fail the method, not the child", back in the 1970s. However, this seems so difficult in practice. When we say 'fail' it doesn't necessarily mean a failure at an examination or at the end of an academic year. Often one finds that a...

A Gift… And Memories

Each student here at The Peepal Grove School, an alternative boarding school in India, when they leave, will carry back with them a gift- something they have either learnt or improved upon, during their stay here. For me, that gift will be music. In many ways,...

A Question On Reality

Many times in life, when we are neck deep in dilemma and do not know what to do, we often hear ourselves saying “I just want to do the right thing”. Here, a fundamental question on and for humanity arises. What is right?   In a classroom, recently, I was unfortunate...

For A World Of Colours…

Any minute of my life, I would love to escape into a world of colours where structures aren’t the predominant factors and it is colours that matter. A world where nothing else is known, but the bliss of enjoying the blending of different colours that results in the...

If I Believe

I’m not going to stop till I touch the skies, I’m reaching for the stars, all set to fly.   Dreaming big each night and day, If I believe, I can catch the sun rays.   The distance is long, the journey tough, The hurdles many, and the hardships rough.   But I’ll cross...

River Ganga | Saving India’s Lifeline

Over the past few years, I have been deeply concerned at the monumental environmental threats faced by the Himalayas and, Ganga in particular. These two have remained our cultural icons since times immemorial. Despite its haloed status, it is today the world’s fifth...

What Children Need From Their Parents

Most of the time, parents have some expectations about what their child should do or be. And it is assumed that it is the child’s job to reach his/her parents expectations and fulfil their ‘dreams’ about him/her. These expectations usually turn into rules and the...

A Crash Course In Numbers

Mr. B. Sankararaman stayed at The Peepal Grove School for more than a week and provided the 12th graders of the school with a crash course in Math as well as helped build 3D math models with classes 6, 7 and 8.   On being asked about his experience in the alternative...

With Grace

“It’s been a lovely experience for me - a learning experience. This is a beautiful family here and I enjoyed my time with the children. It’s been therapeutic.” Said Mrs. Sujatha Ramachandran regarding her time spent at The Peepal Grove School. Mrs Ramachandran is an...

Ace

Mr. Nandan Bal (Former India Player and Davis Cup Coach) was with us for 4 days working with students at our alternative school in india and training them in the basic techniques, motor skills, co-ordination, tactical situations on court.   In his words, “Was highly...

It’s A Mans World

I’ve heard all the arguments a gazillion times. Yes, women do have more freedom than before but at what price? At whose mercy? The world was created for both men and women to live beside each other at par with each other. Just take a second to think about it and be...

It Has Begun, Board’s

Despite everything, that one word is enough to make me instantly wary.   It’s just an exam (like any other), just examiners (like any other), and just results (like any other…?). Right? The only difference is that I am in an alternative school in India   But somehow...

Man – Woman

You and I. We live together, In the same place, with the same people. But we do not lead the same lives.   Yours is a world of perpetual victory- Of constant laughter as you play the game. Me? I neither lose nor cry. Not because I win the game with you, But because...

A Coach And A Friend

Mr. Ashwath Aiyappa, a professional cricketer, comes to The Peepal Grove School, an alternative residential school in india, to coach our boys cricket. He takes up the responsibility of igniting the spark of talent within them and bringing them as close to playing...

On The Right Track

If you visit this alternative boarding school in India on a Sunday evening expecting to find a lot of weekend sloppiness around, you will be in for a surprise. What you will find are students in sportswear, running towards the gate to get cycles for the cycling...

Simply Spanish

Sergio Bhaiyya who hails from Spain and his wife Marina Akka, a native of Italy, joined The Peepal Grove School, alternative residential school in india as Yoga instructors this year. In addition to yoga, interested students and teachers undertake basic lessons in...

Be Cool, Pretend Earth’s Not Dying

If you think about it, it's actually very sad. Learn from an alternative residential school in india   All of us are wrapped in our own lives; we don't even stop to think that- hey, if the earth finally does end...then we're going to end too. We’re going to die along...

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