We have all heard of (and some of us have visited) schools where:
- students are instructed in samskritam and hindu arts
- besides regular subjects like science, mathematics, english, history, social science etc..
Often, the medium of instruction is bilingual - Sanskrit for some topics (esp. humanities), English for others.
Benefits of such schools are as follows:
- Kids growing up in an environment filled with Indian culture is desirable - not just for their development, but also for the revival of bhAratIya samskriti.
- Samskrita, that unifying language that is at the core of classical hindu culture, (perhaps together with regional languages) and hindu arts – if taught – would provide such an environment.
Long term plan: full fledged school
There is currently no such school in USA. Let us start one in the Bay area.
Why this will work?
- There is no shortage of students who would benefit from such a school.
- There is no shortage of teachers who can staff such a school.
- There is no shortage of parents who can pay for such a school.
- There are 4 Chinese bilingual schools in the Bay area! And, 0 Indian bilingual schools.
- Hindu schools in USA.
- Maharshi School in IA.
- ISKCON’s Synergy school in Seattle, WA area.
- A similar school exists in the SF Bay area.
- http://3rfoundation.org activities.
- Hindu high school in MA (4 years): Includes Yoga, Sanskrit, Bharat natyam, ayurveda etc..
- Jiddu Krishnamurti school in Ojai CA.
- Hindu University of America, Florida.
- We have also seen videos of St. James school in UK where (mostly non Indian) students are taught samskrit [please click on links to follow videos, I strongly encourage you to watch them].
- Indian Sanskrit schooling examples:
What is lacking is:
- A groundswell of interest.
- A starting point and coordination.
Intermediate plans: home-schooling co-op
- What is homeschooling? Read this FAQ.
Other potential directions
- Add Samskrtam classes in curricula of a local school.
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