SMART CLASS 2025 or a Glimpse into the Future (of Learning) (in India)
On our tour through northwest India we visited also the “Riverside School” in Ahmedabad. The school lies behind a restricted military zone, so FOREIGNERS are not allowed to reach it by car, but have to be dropped off and walk for 10 minutes through a non-restricted area to get there. Kind of funny for a school that employs foreigners.
Once you are there, the school reveals itself to be a very progressive place.
One of the class rooms: sit down, relax, learn…
In The Guardian series “SMART CLASS 2025” it tells us about a school in Denmark and its vision of learning. Riverside School is absolutely up to par with its philosophy and implementation (minus the Smartphone for every kid and the mixed age classes). In other words, Riverside School is on the cutting edge not only in India, but also internationally. See also Ulrike’s article “I can – Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India”.
The very spacious gym… reminded me of some of the top art galleries in Manhattan
Just one caveat: Our two young guides for the tour of the school seemed just a little bit indoctrinated, and some of the elder students had an air of “we own the world”, or at least India. I guess that’s hard to avoid when you are part of an exclusive if not elitist school.
Our “tour guides” showed us the whole school in a very eloquent manner!
Another fact that troubled us (especially being German!) was that Hitler was named – together with Mahatma Gandhi – a ‘good man’ by the students during a seminar we gave about “the new we”, but this is a distortion that seems to prevail all over Asia. Also to be seen in the name of a store that was about to open in Ahemdabad just as we where there: “HITLER“.
Quoting George Lucas (the creator of Star Trek): “Education is the single most important job of the human race.”