A. Memorizing and writing without understanding is a last ditch effort for those who cannot understand but somehow they have to get marks.
A. Understanding, writing the exam and forgetting - is what we normally do. Understanding, applying and remembering the knowledge forever can only make the learning complete. If the matter is not of great importance and can be forgotten without consequence then such matter need not find a place in textbooks for children.
A. We have two kinds of memory – Conscious and Sub Conscious. Conscious memory is like the RAM in the computer. It is used for short term and can get overloaded. Subconscious memory is infinite like the hard disk. We can remember whole encyclopedias without effort - If we can programme the information in Subconscious mind. It takes time to programme the Subconscious and that is only the addition required.
A. First of all the student has to understand the new knowledge and get proper connection with his old knowledge. Then he has to make detailed mind maps. Then he has to review these mind maps several hundred times. Normally it takes about 30 days of preparation time for 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th children who have already mastered the previous year’s syllabus, to understand all the subjects by themselves without any teacher. Then they simply review the mind maps which they have created for about half an hour three times a day for a minimum 40 days.
A. After mastering the content of the text book, we like students to take it easy and enjoy for about a month, doing non academic learning like physical development, seva activities to the community, inter school sports, drama, debate, quiz, dance, music, foreign languages, shilpa shastra, working with terracotta, stone, metal etc. During this time, they are only reviewing the subjects three times a day for about 30 minutes each.
A. This is the next step. Students go through prepared guides and start solving problems. They take a set of exams as if they are taking the final exam in the subject and learn until they get 100% marks in each exam. Students can do it themselves if they are given question papers and model answers. Intelligent students lead the class and teach it to others if required. Children ask all and any kind of question to their class mate. They hesitate to do the same with a teacher. The spirit is for everyone to get 100% marks. There are no winners and losers here. All are winners. We have now produced an environment where slow learners can be individually helped by a trainer. In normal schools where teachers lecture to 30 to 80 students, we do not know who is learning what. The teacher blissfully walks out of the class having done their lecture leaving most children without 100% understanding. Then they only give a test 3 to 4 times in a year and mark the answers without teaching the child what is the correct answer and what mistake the child has done and take the corrective action. They simply do not have enough time to sit with each child.
A. NO. Here children are very confident. Exams are not for failing and grading the student. Exams are for learning and mastering. About 12 days are allotted for tests when they take two exams of the same subject of one hour each per day. Then they take a break and play and focus on non academic learning. Like this they complete about 10 to 12 exams for each subject. This will give them 100% mastery. Later exams are not meant for learning content, they are meant for practice so they can do the exam effortlessly and in a very short duration.
A. If everyone is eligible then you can select by a lottery.
A. This is an outdated concept. Competition is a Darwinian process of natural selection. It is a jungle culture not a civic society. It brings calamities like the Global Warming. Here you learn to empower others and the good performer is happily acknowledged as the leader. Our real wealth is not money; real wealth is the goodwill and love of the people around us. If you are competing, you put down others and get blood pressure in their company and in the company of the world itself. God gives you more and more money and facilities as you use it for making the people around you happy. If you use it for building a big house or to buy a big car for yourself, you are insulting your neighbor. Let you learn to build beautiful houses for all in your community to live happily. Then you are a natural loved leader who cares.
A. Our intention is to provide this knowledge to all schools. Many schools are coming forward to introduce this programme. Our project of “100% Memory programme for communities” is a FREE offering to all schools of a large community like a Mandal or Taluka. If community leaders take up the task, we are ready to come and train the local teachers and students free of cost. The community can offer to us Gurudakshina according to their ability.
A. We have been experimenting from 1997. We have been successful to train even average students in our school from 2003. Our students completed all their year’s syllabus in 21 to 30 days without effort in the year 2008.
A. Normal students would have forgotten almost everything within three years and they will look more and more uneducated as days pass by. Students with 100% Memory will become brighter and brighter and will be in the fore front of research and knowledge.
A. I got the clues from our Vedic Pundits who remember huge texts of Vedas forever. Similarly the Holy Quran has been memorized by millions of people. We have applied similar methods to all the Sciences and Mathematics also. The process is the well known Shravana, Manana and Nidhidhyasa.
A. It actually increases the thinking power and makes the child smart as many Facts, Process and Methods are at his fingertips. You can remember not only facts but also procedures for solving problems.
A. Many times people have memorized without understanding and do not know the meaning and application of verses they have memorized. Children can memorize easily, hence they memorized even if they did not understand. Education must continue to make them understand also. This is the case with Amarakosha, the Sanskrit dictionary that children memorize for later understanding. If understanding is neglected, educationists will find it necessary to emphasis understanding. Now they have gone overboard and totally dismantled memory. In present day education, we are just understanding and forgetting. Even within two or three year after graduation, no graduate is in a position to answer their question papers (even with reasonable extra time) for which they were awarded a degree. Our effort is to bring back genuine degrees.
A. Our syllabus today is not so immense. Our students master the whole thing in a month. Yes, almost all children can do it if they are guided by properly from childhood. In fact, a two and half to three year old child can be fully literate and can read Ramayan in their mother tongue. We have learnt how to do this and mothers can be trained.
A. Intelligence is an important factor in any development. A lot of it is inherited. Our rishis focused their attention on developing intelligent progeny and an intelligent race. They developed means to improve various kinds of intelligence. Each Rishi worked on a specific intelligence. Lately, psychologists have discovered 8 distinct intelligences. There is much more to it. They developed different mantras to develop different intelligences. Their students and progeny practiced these mantras as well as trades where they applied themselves physically to the art. That is why we have so many Gotras. We should learn about our Gotras and the associated Mantras and skills. The master mantra is the Gayatri Mantra. Everyone knows this Mantra in India. For generations the race has used the Mantra to gain higher intelligence. That may be the reason why Indians are considered a race of intelligent people. One is fortunate to be born in India with this tradition already in place. Other races can start copying India. Within India, there are groups with very high intelligence and it is marked. We can gradually rise by following their methodology in training and living. Nobody is great because he is intelligent, everyone becomes great by learning how to share what they have with others with love and care. Ultimately everyone is important in the world. Many people do not recognize this. They try to eliminate and kill others. Such people get into their own problems and get killed in disproportionately large numbers and ultimately kill themselves. This is a process of natural selection. You can clearly see this natural cleansing going on with certain religions. Academic learning is only a small aspect of Education. There are five fundamental educations for living higher levels of freedom, happiness, prosperity, beauty and courage, in that order. Now let me come to 100% memory programme and role of intelligence. Training is more important than Intelligence: Let me illustrate this. There is a very intelligent 10th standard student, who comes first in the state exam. There is another student who is getting about 70% in third year of B.Sc. Physics. If we give to both of them a second year B.Sc. physics paper and give them a week to prepare, who will pass the exam? Definitely the third year student will pass even though he is not so intelligent. This is because he has been trained for so many years in Physics. You are able to do and understand things because you have received the training on how to apply your intelligence in a particular area. Training is a means of getting the benefit of many intelligent peopleï¿½s knowledge already understood by them. For example, Newton, applied himself to the question of gravity and motion. He discovered the three laws of motion after much research. I do not think any of us(atleast 99.9999% of us) can come up with the Newtonï¿½s laws by ourselves, no matter how intelligent we are. We are getting the knowledge free from Newton. Our education system is a big bank of knowledge made available to us for a pittance. We must be grateful to the developers of this bank. Even ordinary people can be like Newton by studying and borrowing the knowledge and make it our own. Training is not enough without memory: Many of us have been trained in many things. We had the knowledge once upon a time. We wrote exams and got degrees.. Now, how many of us can pass our final year degree exams? Almost none of us can pass the exam. We do not remember the subject. We hoped that we can relearn if we wanted and conveniently forgot the learning. Now we have forgotten the further basics that are required to even relearn and gradually, we have come down to 7th standard level in mathematics from an Engineer who could do differential equations in mathematics. If you do not remember it is as good as lost. Similarly with all the goods we dump in our store. If we donï¿½t know where it is, it is as good as lost when we need it urgently. We have to keep our things in a properly ordered store. Similarly we have to remember what we have learnt or else it is lost. That is why memory is more important than mere training. A clear mind is more important than memory: The case of Karna in Mahabharata comes to my mind. He was a master archer. Just in the last moment he forgot the mantra to launch a missile and was killed. He would have normally remembered what he learnt. But in the tension of war, he forgot. Similar things are happening to our children at the examination hall. They forget, they are confused and write a wrong answer. During calm hours, after the exam, he knows the answer. That is why we teach the child how to become calm and enter into the silence of Samadhi as a preparation for exams and for 100%learning. A disturbed mind cannot get 100% learning.
A. You should be ready to spend some extra time and master your earlier knowledge into the subconscious first. You can start with 12th standard. You come with your books from 12th standard on to a one month camp. If you are really dedicated, you can master your syllabus up to now in about a year’s time. It is worthwhile to take a one year break to do this now and then continue with 100% mastery for the final year. You can study the final year by yourself in just a month or two once your system is properly oiled. You can finish up to Ph. D. in no time and with no effort. You are a good student, I like to work with.
A. I find it difficult to train you in HMP without your presence. Effortless reading is a state of mind and you have to be taken through a process to realize this state. The entire process of teaching cannot be learnt even if you go through a camp by yourself. There are many factors like adventure, the enthusiasm created by rapid positive feedback, developing a silent mind, context where everyone wins and group energy etc.. It takes a good teacher many years of hands on training to develop the skill to conduct a successful camp. We focus on this in our Diploma Programme for teachers of HMP.
A. The first difficulty was convincing the teachers in the school that there is a different way to learn and that 100% memory and marks is possible. I had to set up our own school to demonstrate this phenomena. I had to make our teachers do the exercises themselves to appreciate what happens to their brain, their emotions and spirit as they get 100%. Secondly, I had the problem of slow learners who are in the class. How to deal with them along with fast learners? We had to split the class and process which caused some disturbance among parents. Thanks God. We could get results and we could demonstrate the same in a few minutes on a stage for all Parents, Teachers, Educators and Students to see.
A. Our schooling system is struggling with this question all over the world. Our problem is how to pass the child. If you do not pass, the child gets into deep depression because of peer pressure. We should not fail the child. But, if you pass with 35% marks, the child sits in the class without understanding a word of what is happening. They create trouble in the class room. Teachers have huge problem keeping the class listening. The answer to this insurmountable situation is possible with the 100% memory programme. We train the better ones fast so they become available to train the slow ones. Our national effort of all good schools and fast learners must be directed at slow learners in 5th, 6th and 7th standards in our community. Good schools must first focus on their own students first and bring them up within two to three years as per the method we have discovered. Then they should focus on slower schools and children for the next two years. The whole community will shine. Children are our real wealth and every child deserves the best if we have to survive as a human race.