#38 Do Our Educational Programs Aim Towards Individual And Group Spiritual Identity?
Sastra study, Sunday schools, organized seminars: We might assume that current ISKCON educational programs—whether for adults or children—exist to train and enliven individuals to become self-realized and to feel part of our community of devotees. In this seminar, we reveal the results of new research where vision and mission statements from ISKCON schools and educational organizations in 2016 are analyzed for aims of individual and collective faith identity. These data are then compared to vision and mission statements from ISKCON schools in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We also trace the history of education in ISKCON for both children and adults. With this knowledge we can better direct education programs “to bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna.”
Urmila devi dasi (Dr. Edith Best) has served ISKCON continuously since Prabhupada initiated her in 1973. She and her husband have been in the vanaprastha order since 1996. They have 3 married children and 14 grandchildren. She has a PhD in education, was a primary and secondary teacher for 27 years, and has 19 years of experience with school management. Urmila Devi is the chair of the Sastric Advisory Council, and an associate editor of Back to Godhead. She travels worldwide teaching Krishna consciousness. She is the author of Dr. Best Learn to Read, an 83-book literacy program, and The Great Mantra for Mystic Meditation.