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ERIC Number: EJ972315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Schooling for Happiness: Bhutan's Big Dream
Bicknell, Kent
Independent School, v71 n3 Spr 2012
In December 2009, the author traveled to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for a week-long workshop, "Educating for Gross National Happiness." At the invitation of the royal government, international participants joined with local teachers, principals, and students to discover ways that Bhutanese schools could better support the country's commitment to Gross National Happiness (GNH). Bhutan's commitment to the well-being of its people is built on four pillars: (1) economic development, sustainable over generations; (2) conservation of the environment; (3) good governance that is transparent (the Fourth King introduced democracy and Bhutanese now vote for a parliament); and (4) preservation of cultural values. It is not clear to the author whether the U.S. has had a "big dream" since President Kennedy challenged the Americans to land on the moon. If America were to be guided by that vision, how might their education system "promote and advance that dream?" Perhaps some answers lie in the large heart and mindful approach of the Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bhutan