Frederick Gordon Pearce

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Frederick Gordon Pearce (d.1962) was an Englishman and educationist in India regarded as the founder of the Indian public school movement.

Educational philosophy[edit]

Pearce was deeply influence by the Teachings on Education of the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and was a proponent of a scheme of 'New Education'.[1] He helped found the Indian Boy Scout Movement, later subsumed into the Scout Movement of India on Baden-Powell's request, with Annie Besant.[2]

Career[edit]

Pearce worked with several well known public residential schools in India. He served as the Director General of Education for Gwalior and helped convert the Scindia School founded by the Maharaja of Gwalior into a residential school.[2] During 1921 to 1923 he was the principal of Mahinda College, a Buddhist boys school in Galle, Sri Lanka.[3] He also served as Secretary to the Ministry of Education in Ceylon in the late 1940s, a position he resigned to become the Principal of Rishi Valley School. His innovations there included attempts to involve children in farming, tailoring the curriculum for individual students and scrapping the system of annual examinations and the practice of asthachal. He served as Principal of the Rishi Valley School for a decade from 1949.[2] Following his resignation from the school, Pearce founded the Blue Mountains School at Ootacamund in 1961.[4] Pearce was also closely associated with the establishment of the Netarhat Vidyalaya in Jharkhand and his contributions to education were gratefully acknowledged by President Rajendra Prasad.[5]

Books[edit]

Pearce authored numerous books and pamphlets including Footprints in the Sands of Time, Sonnets of a Schoolmaster and other verse, A round of Rajput Tales, The coconut lands of southern India and The dawn of freedom.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Blue Mountains School". Blue Mountains School. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blueprint for a life". The Hindu. January 26, 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Past Principals of Mahinda". Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "India Schools : The Blue Mountain School, Ootacamund". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Prasad, Rajendra (1993). Dr. Rajendra Prasad: Correspondence and Select Documents, Volume 1. New Delhi: Allied Publishers. p. 132. 
  6. ^ "Pearce, Frederick Gordon". Retrieved 28 January 2013.