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David Horsburgh

David Horsburgh, the RAF officer turned unconventional educationist provided the answer to an eternal question that faces most of us one day or the other: “What can one man do?” His life as an educationist and human being continues to guide and inspire many. His legacy is alive in his books, his “student teachers”, and many more that he has influenced. 

Articles on David Horsburgh

What Can One Man Do?
Anurag Behar, CEO Azim Premji Foundation (Reprinted from the Mint)

David Horsburgh came to India in 1943 as a part of the Royal Air Force. He spent some of his leave, in what must have been an unusual pastime for an RAF person, in a small island village near Chittagong. Amid the waterways and paddy fields, he could see the village school. And he thought that was what he would like to do in life: to teach in a village school. more...

Remembering David: Where the Mind is without Fear
Amukta Mahapatra (Reprinted from the Hindu)

Each child learns differently and there is an urgency to recognise this principle in our schools today, says Amukta Mahapatra, looking at Neel Bagh, David Horsburgh's creation. Read her article published in the Hindu in 2004. more...

A New Perspective on School Education
Rosalind Wilson

David Horsburgh is well known as an author of children's books published by Oxford University Press in India. These books range from the subject of Mathematics to books on the Environment. Mr.Horsburgh also taught for several years at the Krishnamurthy School, in Rishi Valley. He hen served in the British Council and finally decided to begin his own School, in a small village near Bangalore. more...

David Horsburgh of Neelbagh
Arvind Gupta

The number of schools in our country is legion. But creative, child-centered learning places arefew and can be easily listed – Tagore's Shantiniketan, Gijubhai's Dakshina Murti Balmandir and just a handful more. Such creative schools are often the dream of a passionate individual. One such creative school was the Neelbagh School founded by a British - David Horsburgh(pronounced Hosbro).  more...

Writings of David Horsburgh


The Importance of Non-measurable Activities

This article sets out to examine as briefly as possible some of the reasons for putting in to the curriculum many aspects of work which are often left out. These aspects are sometimes referred to as non-measurable areas of learning because they are more difficult to evaluate than the normal subjects in the curriculum. It will not be possible in an article of this length to deal with the subjects in the detail, but subsequent articles will attempt to do so.  more...

Evaluation of Evaluations 

Evaluation, every bit of it—the research, the implementation, the training of evaluators,the evaluation manuals and workshops, the huge buildings full of people devoted to inventing new and even more foul evaluation techniques—in other words, the whole antiquated evaluation process, should as speedily as possible be hurled lock, stock and barrel out of the windows of our educational system in just the same way as the chamber pots were emptied in eighteenth certainly London, the period and the contents are identical.  more...

Let's Discover Science

The purpose of the Let’s Discover Science books is to give the children sufficient basic skills to learn for themselves what they want to learn. The child should, as far as possible, be given those ideas which form the basis of scientific thought. Competition and grading can well be dispensed with in a course of this nature: the children should be encouraged to co-operate with each other in experimenting and in enjoying the beauties of scientific discovery and learning from their peers should be a normal part of everyday classroom activity.  more...
(Reference from www.arvindguptatoys.com)

Thinking and Doing
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