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Eastern Philosophy, Religion, and Education

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Jade Bourgeois

on 28 January 2015

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Transcript of Eastern Philosophy, Religion, and Education

Follows the Vedas and Upanishads
Humans should not devote their lives to the pursuit of worldly possessions and success
Lead lives of love and service toward others
Religion should mold our social, economic, educational, and political views
Mission Statement for Muhatama Secondary School
The mission statement of Muhatama Secondary School is to inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.
To achieve Nirvana (the escape from rebirth and the pain of life), people have to free themselves from desires of worldly things
Believed in living the middle way, meaning one should not live in excess or denial
Eastern Philosophy, Religion, and Education
Eastern Philosophies/ Religions
By: Jade, Stephanie, & Sawyer
Eastern Thought as a Philosophy of Education
Progress means non attachment and development of one's inner being
Education is a way of achieving wisdom, maintaining the family structure, establishing the law, and providing for social and economic concerns
Education is necessary for this life, and for achieving life in the hereafter
Believe self should not come before society
Building moral character is more important than merely teaching skills
Superior individuals develop
Five Constant Virtues:
Right attitude
Right Procedure
Right knowledge
Right moral courage
Right persistence
Goal of human being is to attain a natural way of behaving (move like the Tao)
Most significant activity is nonaction
One should live in tranquil communion with nature
People can govern themselves- strong sense of anarchy
Observance of the Sabbath
Pray several times a day
The Torah is the divine words of God
Religion should impact everything in life: food, dress, work, and marriage
Strongly value learning
Want to return to more fundamental beliefs and traditional social values
Must pray 5 times a day, facing Mecca
Rich should care for the poor
Fast during holy times
School Curriculum
Priority Subjects:
Prayer/meditation: breathing instruction
Reading of sacred literature
Recitation of oral legends
Character education

Physical Education

How Subjects Will Be Taught
Self-discovery through prayer and meditation
Guided discussion
Teacher assisted activities and lessons
Physical Setup
Student Evaluation
Students will move to higher level classes once the teacher feels they have reached a certain level of cognitive ability
No numerical grades will be given
Students will be assessed by self-evaluations, oral discussions with the teacher, and willingness to participate
Qualities of a Teacher
Build strong relationship with students
Knowledge of sacred literature and oral tradition
Role model for prayer and meditation
Social Structure of the Classroom
Teacher/guru assumes all responsibility and control in the classroom
Students play a passive role in the classroom
Physical Education
Buddhist School
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