The Peoples' Institute for Re-thinking Education and Development


"We need to understand the 'hidden curriculum' -- the design elements, rules and structures that drive factory-schooling. Sitting in lines produces linear and stagnant thinking. Fragmented disciplines produce fragmented understanding and the breakdown of wisdom. Flat textbooks and black and white exams produce lack of ability to engage with complex emotions, diverse opinions and 'gray' situations. Locking children up in concrete classrooms and in front of screens produces nature deficit disorder. Ranking and competition produce new social hierarchies, arrogance and sense of scarcity. Compulsion and motivation through rewards and punishments produce a loss of purpose and self-esteem, fear of making mistakes, and disconnect with your inner voice. Who says school doesn't teach you any values?"

- Manish Jain, Shikshantar Andolan