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Education and Philosophy

Etymological Meaning of Education

The origin of the word ‘education’ is from the Latin root educate. ‘Educare’ means ‘to lead out or bring forth’. It implies that through organized questions knowledge, understanding and the potential of children have to be brought out. It is not the pouring in of knowledge, assuming that children are like empty vessels.

Gandhiji’s definition of education in the Harijan issue of 1937, fits into the meaning implied here: ‘Education is drawing out of the best in child and man—body, mind and spirit.’ The system of education at this time gave credence only to the intellectual development of the child and equated education to the imparting of knowledge. That is why Gandhiji desired that of ...

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