All Men Are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as Told in His Own Words

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CHAPTER X
EDUCATION

Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. What better book can there be than the book of humanity?1

I hold that true education of the intellect can only come through a proper exercise and training of the bodily organs, e.g., hands, feet, eyes, ears, nose, etc. In other words an intelligent use of the bodily organs in a child provides the best and quickest way of developing his intellect. But unless the development of the mind and body goes hand in hand with a corresponding awakening of the soul, the former alone would prove to be a poor lopsided affair. By spiritual training I mean education of the heart. A proper and all-round development of the mind, therefore, can take place only when it proceeds pari passu with the education of the physical and spiritual faculties of the child. They constitute an indivisible whole. According to this theory, therefore, it would be a gross fallacy to suppose that they can be developed piecemeal or independently of one another.2

By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man -- body, mind and spirit. Literacy is not the end of education nor even the beginning. It is only one of the means whereby man and woman can be educated. Literacy in itself is no education. I would therefore begin the child's education by teaching it a useful handicraft and enabling it to produce from the moment it begins its training. Thus every school can be made self-supporting, the condition being that the State takes over the manufactures of these schools.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Selections 1
  • Chapter I - Autobiographical 3
  • Chapter II - Religion and Truth 56
  • Chapter III - Means and Ends 81
  • Chapter IV - AhiṃsĀ or the Way of Non-Violence 85
  • Chapter V - Self-Discipline 108
  • Chapter VI - International Peace 118
  • Chapter VII - Man and Machine 124
  • Chapter VIII - Poverty in the Midst of Plenty 129
  • Chapter IX - Democracy and the People 138
  • Chapter X - Education 151
  • Chapter XI - Women 160
  • Chapter XII - Miscellaneous 168
  • Glossary 181
  • Sources 184
  • A Selected Bibliography 191
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