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Creative Writing [76 KB]
Sybil Marshall
Sybil Marshall has a world-wide reputation as an expert in the realms of children’s creative experiences. Because the author remains a passionate enthusiast for creative writing in schools, she is anxious that it should no longer be associated with gimmickry and other undesirable features such as the anarchic production of quantity in preference to quality. In the interests of her cause, and at the risk of appearing reactionary, she makes a rational plea for a greater emphasis on skills training. Of course, the crucial question is how to help children develop the basic writing skills and techniques without curbing their interest and spontaneity in writing creatively. Sybil Marshall tackles this problem in a courageous, common-sense fashion all the time drawing on her wealth of classroom experience to provide practical guidance. What is particularly important, in the author’s view, is that teachers should ask for, and accept, first-rate child standards in creative writing instead of fifth-rate adult ones. In the last chapter, perhaps the most valuable part of this small book, the author presents examples of children’s prose and verse, and explains in detail her criteria for judging their creative merit.


Education -- Compiled from the speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda [54 KB]
T. S. Avinashilingam
“This book was first compiled when I was imprisoned during the 1942 freedom movement. Since then independence has been won and we are involved in the grand task of building a glorious India, which the great Swami foresaw and dreamt of. When a large reconstruction work is going on throughout the country, these words of the Swami have a great value in inspiring the thousands of men and women, who are engaged in it.”
Source: http://www.archive.org/

Totto-Chan - The Little Girl at the Window [132KB]
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi; Translated by Dorothy Britton
The author walks down memory lane to talk about her school in Tokyo during World War II. This was an unusual one on old rail road cars - a school full of love, and freedom. She talks of the different experiences that were generated for children by a motivated headmaster - a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Danger School [7.76MB]
The IDAC team
Prepared by members of the IDAC team for parents, teachers and pupils, the document deals with the School, this ever-present institution of the modern industrial society. Their analysis is based on examples taken from the Western European context in which they live. Nevertheless, the questions raised here have a broader reach, since they also concern the educational systems in other parts of the world, which have been influenced by this Western European model. IDAC is a non-profit collective based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

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