Conclusion: The Home and the World

  • Kumkum BhattacharyaEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


Rabindranath’s adventure in the ideas and practices of education was a long one, and for him, it was a way of life. Education informed all his other ideas and concepts some of which were nationalism, internationalism, truth, beauty, creativity and rural reconstruction. He sublimated his childhood memories of learning in a dreary, lifeless and joyless ambience of closed classrooms, insensitive teachers and unrealistic curriculum into the establishment of a unique school. This is a lesson for us in the limitless possibility of a creative and productive mind. In this chapter, the various strands of Tagore’s philosophy have been isolated and then knit into a gestalt that describes the emergence of the complete individual and the fullness of the society to which the individual belongs. The isolated strands—education of the body and the senses; education of the intellect; education of the spirit and cultivation of feeling; education and nature; education and internationalism/universalism and education for the extension of self that are analysed at the levels of idea; manifestation and function. This chapter also critiques the poet’s plan in the context of the present.


Education and nature Critique of nationalism Extension of self and public space Sriniketan and its effect 


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  1. 1.Visva-Bharati UniversitySriniketanIndia

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