Educational Thoughts of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
Authors: Dr. Santosh Kumar Behera
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Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan the name needs no introduction. A philosopher, a great teacher, a scholar par-excellence, a creative genius, a great humanist, a spiritualist, a man of vision, a man of mission, a man of principles, an idealist, an orator with gift of the gab, an original thinker, an eminent author and then the role of the Executive Head of India are few outlines of this personality. He was one of the greatest educationists in India. He not only enlightened India but also the whole world by his outstanding personality and intellect. He shines like a luminous star in the galaxy of intellectuals. He was a great son of India. His birthday is celebrated as the Teacher’s day in India. He was the torch-bearer of the Indian education. His contribution to the field of education, philosophy, religion, culture, science etc. was immemorial. Dr. Radhakrishnan defines education as the instrument for social, economic and cultural change. For social and national integration, for increasing productively, education should be properly utilized. The importance of education is not only in knowledge and skill, but it is to help us to live with others. According to him education should not merely give us some techniques so that we lead successful lives, but should also help us discover “lasting values”. The teaching profession was his first love and those who studied under him still remember with gratitude to his great qualities as a teacher.
In this milieu, the present paper has tried to focus on the educational thoughts of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan- Concepts and Functions of Education, Aims of Education, Curriculum, Methods of Teaching, Discipline, Role of Teacher and Relevance of his educational thoughts in today’s India.
Key Words: Education, Philosophy, Religion, Educational thoughts, Man-Making, Character-forming, Life-building.