UNDERCURRENTS BROCKWOOD PARK SCHOOL
True Education Roger Ash Wheeler introduces a school that is encouraging its students to develop a deeper intelligence
When I first walked through the doors of Brockwood Park School, I thought: “I would love to have attended a place like this.” My first impressions were of a large living/ dining room space, with wood stove roaring, a boy strumming on a guitar in one corner, a girl playing piano in another, and a small group snuggled and chatting around the fire. There were others lounging on sofas reading the International Herald Tribune or playing chess together. It was just like an extended family, a home-away-from-home. And the whole scene exuded an atmosphere of congeniality, relaxation and self-confidence.
In early April this year, my wife and I attended a parents’ weekend at the school. Our daughter is in her second and final year at Brockwood, an independent boarding school in Hampshire founded in 1969 by the Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti, and we were keen to find out what a weekend of attending classes would be like. Parents arrived from all over Europe (and even Asia), reflecting the international make-up of
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Children’s education should not neglect their inner life Children on the Grass, oil painting, by Damian Callan www.damiancallan.com