Assess the overall state of Gandhi's system of education.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Gandhi sees education as a pursuit for moral and spiritual truth.  In works such as Hind Swaraj, this is seen in a demonstrative manner.  Gandhi believes that the purpose of education is to reveal this notion of spiritual and developmental truth.  Education is a field which is meant to explore this notion of transcendental being in the world.  Accordingly, individuals who accept it, must also capitulate to it, representing the basis of education and knowledge in the world.  There are some points of assessment here.  The first would be that I think that there is something to be said in associating education with a belief of some higher notion of truth.  This is one of Gandhi's strengths in his idea of education.  It is meant to reveal the essence of being in the world, and learning is seen through this prism.  Naturally, a potential drawback would be if individuals fail to embrace this truth.  Essentially, Gandhi's system is demanding that individuals accept a morally pure state of consciousness and transfer this to their education.  This is where there might be a considerable drawback to Gandhi's system of education.  Consider that if the revelations of priests, for example, violating their sacred oaths and callings to commit horrific acts upon children are valid, then it stands to reason that empowering anyone with the presence of "transcendental" truth could prove to be destructive.  Clever or disturbed individuals who are empowered with Gandhi's sense of finding truth and being able to relay this to vulnerable and impressionable students could manipulate this to their own benefit.

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