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Life at SchoolAn Ethnographic Study$
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Meenakshi Thapan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195679649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679649.001.0001

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School Organization the ‘transcendental’ and the ‘local’ orders

School Organization the ‘transcendental’ and the ‘local’ orders

(p.28) Chapter Three School Organization the ‘transcendental’ and the ‘local’ orders
Life at School

Meenakshi Thapan

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the organization of the Rishi Valley School as being characterized by a fundamental dichotomy in school processes between the ‘transcendental’ and the ‘local’ orders. While the transcendental order is governed by Jiddu Krishnamurti's alternate world-view, the local order constitutes the actual schooling process, and how this tends to function independently of the transcendental order. The transcendental order is concerned essentially with values and the production of a new kind of human being through the process of self-knowledge and transformation, whereas the local order is mainly concerned with the gathering and reproduction of knowledge through the transmission of educational knowledge. After discussing the school's history and goals, this chapter explores its key functionaries. It also considers the school's decision-making and authority, as well as the academic system, with emphasis on differentiation through specialization.

Keywords:   Rishi Valley School, school organization, local order, transcendental order, reproduction of knowledge, school functionaries, decision-making, J Krishnamurthy's alternate world view, school authorities, differentiation, specialization

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