Category Archives: Education

Two Responses to the “Mothers of the Movement”

Our socially critical Class 8 responds thoughtfully and sensitively to powerful speeches delivered a few months ago by mothers of Black teenagers killed by police violence in the United States. Dear Mothers of the Movement, Firstly, I wanted to wish … Continue reading

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400 Heaping Paces to the Origin of Life

Earlier this year, Class 6 enjoyed an English-Science(-Math) unit delving into modern and traditional origin stories. One particularly memorable achievement was an incredible piece of collaborative storytelling, in which the group worked together to create a to-scale timeline of the … Continue reading

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Library Update

Jhamtse Gatsal has been incredibly lucky to have many generous sponsors supporting the establishment and growth of our school library. This year, upon returning, I was able to bring back several suitcases of new books, selected particularly according to students’ … Continue reading

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Structural Violence in Education, as told by Class VIII

Class VIII has finished up their unit on structural violence in education with flying colors. A few weekends ago, we took a trip to the local public high school to observe their environment and classes and interview students and staff. … Continue reading

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“In my life, light means…”

  “[T]he light of love shown on me in that very hour.” -Helen Keller   An opener for Class X: In The Story of My Life, Keller uses lots of light imagery. What is a light in your life? Some … Continue reading

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“Beautiful should have it in every angle.”

Photo by budding photographer, Raju Kumar, Class IX   Priming us to explore a funny episode in Jerome K. Jerome’s classic Three Men in a Boat—an aesthetically humble storekeeper plasters over expensive antique oak paneling with garish blue wallpaper, hullaballoo … Continue reading

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“We don’t have to see what all media and newspaper show us. Beauty is about compassion and love inside our heart.”

Having explored how corporations use media to manipulate us into consuming their products, Class VII spent some time contemplating and investigating how this barrage of messages affects our own self-image and conceptions of “beauty.” We identified common messages about beauty … Continue reading

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“It tells that it is very cool but it will only take our money.”

Following up a poignant (and adorable) Environment Day performance by the preschool through fifth grade classes, Class VI has recently been delving into the way corporations manipulate us with advertisements and the media. Tsering Lhadron A dissects a magazine ad. … Continue reading

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Class IX on the Noble Eightfold Path

The first 10 minutes of every day, each class spends with their respective class teacher, reveling in a collective pause for reflection, intention-setting, and general checking-in. Class IX has been starting off their mornings this week enumerating various elements of … Continue reading

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Class VIII and Some Stellar Presentations

Continuing our consideration of structural violence in education, Class VIII recently paired off to research and report on a handful of alternative educational landscapes, as described in the (fascinating, intricate, broad-minded, and magnificently colorful) children’s book, Going to School in … Continue reading

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Interpretations of Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life

Sumchoo Drolma and Tenzin Drolma A. Photo by Dorjee Norbu   This year, Class X has been enjoying exploring Helen Keller’s poetic and poignant autobiography, The Story of My Life. As we crest the midpoint of the book, the students … Continue reading

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Class 8 Highlights Power Structures in Education

Class 8 begins an exciting new unit this week, delving into structural violence in institutional education. Over the course of three days, we kicked off our exploration with an extended airing of the poignant documentary “Schooling the World,” which critically … Continue reading

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Class 9 Kicks off the Week

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And Now for our Feature Presentation

  A throwback to one of my favorite episodes of last year (feel free to skip ahead to the movie, which speaks for itself, but should you find yourself curious as to the riveting backstory, read on):   Last November, … Continue reading

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Class X Confronts Gender in Film

Class X indulged in a diversion from (or expansion upon) our highly-structured syllabus of government-mandated stories and poems last week to revisit gender roles, as represented in our texts and leading into some pretty interesting evaluation of gender in the … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Making Mistakes

The 2015-16 academic year is now an exciting (and busy!) month and a half underway. Here is an overdue nugget of wisdom from one of the then-rising (now substantially risen) sixth graders, written as an end-of-class reflection on our first … Continue reading

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Experiential Education Program Update

What is experiential education? Our program is based on an education methodology which integrates the classroom with the workplace. We believe that EE is learning that occurs through active involvement in what is being studied in the classroom as well … Continue reading

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“Gone are the days of bookish knowledge”

Class VIII closes out the year with a collaborative writing project; pulling on our various reflections about education and the definitions of meaningful knowledge, and applying them to the form of the manifesto, the students set intentions and declare motivations … Continue reading

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Class VII Creative Writing: Story About Swimming Pool

The fifth in our series of awesome writing, inspired by some award-winning photos of 2014.   image source: BuzzFeed.com Story About Swimming Pool by Dorjee Wangchu Once upon a time in America there was a swimming pool made by a … Continue reading

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Class VII Creative Writing: Dream of Mother Deer

The fourth in our series of awesome writing, inspired by some award-winning photos of 2014.   image source: BuzzFeed.com Dream of Mother Deer! by Tenzin Lhadron ‘B’ Long ago in the forest the grasses were dry, land was rock, and … Continue reading

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