How does Jaggi Vasudev help Sadhguru youth

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At first I wanted to write here in this blog about my role, tasks and challenges as a father. Somehow (apart from my numerous contributions to education policy - which are also part of it) it never really got there.

That has to do with the fact that I never saw / had any real problems there. And with the fact that when writing it is of course difficult to separate the abstract experience and the private sphere (especially that of the offspring). And certainly also with the fact that it is a big (and often daring) step to come from the individual - and often situational - challenges, decisions and interactions to general conclusions and recommendations. If something sticks out of my statistics lectures, it is that a population of N = 1 is not a good basis for generalizing conclusions (which should be brought closer to the tabloid press and especially to Springer's publications).

Anyway, the offspring is now in the final sprint to the age of majority and as far as I can tell, I haven't done too much completely wrong. That would actually (almost) complete the topic.

But now I stumbled across a few videos from India that actually formulate quite well what I couldn't / didn't want / didn't want to formulate in all these years and which I would like to share with you here. Because I consider the key messages - without signing every single sentence - to be important and worthy of dissemination. And just see it confirmed by my own experiences.

OK, and which I want to share too, because he's really funny. 🙂 Great humor.

Two preliminary remarks:

1.) The spokesman Jaggi “Sadhguru” Vasudev looks strange to western eyes at first (I thought the first video I saw was a good montage at first) and triggers (for me) prejudices in which the word “sect” is almost inevitable. However, I have not found any evidence for such prejudices and therefore consider the representation of the person from Wikipedia to be helpful for the time being:

Jaggi “Sadhguru” Vasudev (born September 3, 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka, India) is an Indian yogi, mystic and bestselling author.
He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers yoga programs around the world and is involved in social, educational, and environmental initiatives.
He received the Padma Vibhushan (the second highest civil order in India) from the Indian government on April 13, 2017 in recognition of his contribution to human progress.

Wikipedia: Jaggi Vasudev

Of course, someone like that is not left without criticism (would be unusual). The Wikipedia discussion page mentions numerous points, and a blog post deals with his views on science. But that didn't give me any reasons not to listen to his views on the upbringing of children and teenagers.

2.) Sadhguru views largely coincide with a theoretical (western) concept that I dealt with in my youth. I will write something about this after the videos.

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If one tries to place these videos in the context of Western educational concepts, some could tempt them to place it in the - now discredited - corner of "anti-authoritarian education". I think rather that his remarks are close to the concept of “anti-pedagogy”. Here is a rough illustration of the differences:

Basic attitudeSituation: slide is wet,
Child wants to slide
I know what for the kid
the best is
Rebellion, on the other hand, is normal and usually inevitable
I forbid the child to rustle on the grounds: Then you will get sick and that is bad for you. The child does not slip, but may feel patronized -> rebellion is a possible reaction
The child can do what they want - they have to gain their own experienceI let the child slide. The child slips and (maybe) gets sick.
Anti-pedagogyMy interests stand alongside the interests of the child - dealing with them is a learning process I forbid the child to rustle on the grounds: Then you will get sick and that is bad for me (because then I suffer / because then I cannot go to work). The child does not slip, but can (potentially) recognize the conflict of interest (because it is transparent).

Anyone who wants to deepen the topic - especially as parents - can at least orientate themselves on the term anti-pedagogy and will surely find many interesting books, articles and web pages on the topic of anti-pedagogy (linked: the one I started a few years ago, but due to time constraints Collection not maintained any further).

When I find the time, I'll write a little more about it.

Tags: anti-pedagogy, education, India, Jaggi Vasudev, pedagogy, Sadhguru

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