Entries by Michael Nitai Deranja

It’s Time We Started Raising Organic Children

About 50 years ago, a small but dedicated group of people began challenging American society’s attitudes toward food production. The prevailing opinion at the time was that vegetables should be judged primarily by their outward appearance. Bigger and redder tomatoes were deemed more desirable, and so American agriculture brought in the chemical fertilizers and pesticides […]

Art of Joyful Education

The Story of the Beginning of the Ananda Schools  by Michael Nitai Deranja © 1980 A Search for Direction THE PLIGHT OF modern education continues to attract an abundance of constructive criticism. In most cases this concern has been expressed in a call for new curriculum materials, better facilities, increased financial support, and more highly […]

India Summer School

Ananda Pune’s New Biweekly Children’s and Parents’ Programmes by Brahmacharini Prisha (read as a PDF  Biweekly Children_Parent Programmes in PDF) “Could we have an ongoing children’s programme?”, urged several Ananda Pune parents back in February. In response, community children now gather every other Sunday at the City Centre for an inspirational as well as fun […]

Music and Education for Life

By Darshan Lotichius Two hours every week are spent with five third graders. On my schedule it says I’m supposed to teach them music. Have I taught music before? Sure! Apart from many individual violin classes, I explored the realm of sound for about 6 years with a previous generation in our school. We sang […]