Primrose School, inaugurated in June 1999 in the former French colony of Pondicherry, is a pioneering effort in India to utilise Dr. Glenn Domans teaching methods as the basis for a full program of pre-school, primary and secondary education.
The Mother's Service
Society, Pondicherry has been in the field of social development for a quarter of a
century now and has been recognised as a "Scientific and Cultural Research
Institution" by the Central Government for three decades. The Society has longed
believed that new methods of education can transform India into a leading knowledge
society and fulfil Sri Aurobindo's dream of India becoming the Jagat guru of the world.
Primrose School was founded for this purpose, and after discovering the wonderful
educational insights of Dr. Glenn Doman, they have taken them and creatively adapted them
to suit Indian conditions.
Dr. Doman concluded that the first six years of life are a
time when children learn naturally, spontaneously, effortlessly and joyously - as a form
of play - and that the more opportunities the child has for learning during this period,
the more rapidly he learns and the greater his capacities for learning. The younger the
child, the greater the capacity to learn. Every child's natural ability to learn far
exceeds what we are tapping, because of the deficiency in our teaching methods.
The truth is that we expose children to reading too late. By six years of age the ability to take in raw facts, whether auditory (spoken) or visual (written), without the slightest effort is just about gone. If children did not hear words until they were six years old, we would have another staggering educational problem to match the present staggering reading problem and a flood of books with titles like Why Johnny Can't Talk.
It is easier to teach a five-year-old to read than it is to teach a six-year-old. It is easier at four than at five, easier at three than four, easier at two than at three, easier at one than at two and easiest of all (for the baby) below one.
The superb truth is that babies take in raw facts such as written and spoken words at a rate that no adult could come close to matching. "
Our present educational methods tap and develop only a very small portion (at best 5%) of human capacity. Each child is a potential genius, with unique capacities. The system should be capable of recognizing this and drawing it out. The programmes at Dr. Doman's Institute are propagated to begin with three week babies and go on till the child is five years. By then, the child can be well into reading books beyond his level.
The Mother's Service Society believes that this method could revolutionalise education in India. At the request of Dr. M. Anantakrishnan, Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, the Society presented a strategy to the Confederation of Indian Industry to accelerate primary education in rural areas and computer-based technical education in urban secondary schools. These recommendations were part of the Societys continuing work on alternative methods of education.
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