From the Archive - 21.07.1967

23rd March 2012 at 00:00

Yoga timetabled

Education nowadays takes so many forms and gets so much publicity for it that the observer can scarcely be surprised unless he comes upon an institution where they are learning their twice-times table. Have senior pupils in Huddersfield been taught sheep shearing? Are the girls of a Midland grammar school mounting an expedition to the Hindu Kush?

Even so, there are moments when we can still be astonished, if not at the variety of the curriculum then at least at its continuing ingenuity. The newspapers have just given us such a moment. The children at Colchester school, they say, are practising yoga.

Plenty of teachers will find nothing novel in the report. They can point to some of their own pupils who have been in a trance for years. Their immutability in the lesson matched only by the speed with which, when the bell sounds, they get up and go. For these masters of detachment, even in the most conventional class they sometimes get an urge to commune with the infinite.

These, however, are the accidents of schooling. At Colchester, the infant mystics squat, encouraged and approved by authority. You could call it an educational breakthrough were the term not a misnomer. For if the best of our lessons have hitherto had a common trait it was that they kept the pupil on the go. Motivation, meaningful play, creative activity - the very jargon of the pundits showed the progressive line. Now along comes yoga to stand these ideas on their head. For the progressive pupils of tomorrow, activity will obviously be out.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now