Violence on Child UPSC NOTE

The impact of violence on a child’s mind 

  • In The Secret of Childhood, Montessori underlined the role of peaceful circumstances in a child’s upbringing

  • First published in 1936, this book presented her thesis that all major individual and social problems have their roots in childhood.

  • Montessori was not the first to argue this line, but she developed it into a full-scale pedagogic philosophy and strategy that might enable society and the state to break the cycle of the influence of historical circumstances on children’s mind and behaviour. 

  • The implications of this perspective were drawn out in her lectures on peace and liberation from the reproductive cycle of war. 

  • Driven by anger and internal political compulsions, Israel’s leaders have chosen to ignore the message that Montessori had given to the world during and after a horrific global war.

  • Montessori was part of an inter-war movement, initiated by eminent educators of the time, for using education to fight the culture of war. Rabindranath Tagore was also involved in this international effort. 

  • Although it could not prevent the Second World War, the movement has left behind a rich legacy of ideas for us to engage with in our turbulent present. 

  • One aspect of this legacy is to worry about children who grow up in a war-infested world. 

How to address these issues?

  • In principle, education has this potential, but most systems of education today lack the energy required to harness this potential. 

  • In fact, frustration with education is common across the world. 

  • Many believe that education cannot reverse the political impact of dangerous ideologies. 

  • Russia’s war with Ukraine and the ongoing destruction of Gaza raise serious questions about the power of education to inculcate basic good sense. 

  • Russia, Israel, and the U.S. are among the most educated nations of the world, but they have failed to use education to nurture peace. 

  • Current discussions about the future of Gaza are focused entirely on politics. 

  • Those concerned about children in Palestine will have a tough time deciding their future course of action. 




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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Violence on Child UPSC NOTE
Violence on Child UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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