Outline: Quite surroundings of natural beauty – equality – extra-curricular activities – the staff – extensive library – other prominent qualities – conclusion.
The Ideal school should be a temple of learning. It should be known for its single – minded devotion to learning.
It should be situated in the quite surroundings of natural beauty. The pupils should be able to find peace and quiet and derive inspiration from their surroundings. They should be free from financial worries so that they can concentrate whole-heartedly upon their studies.
Equality of treatment and equality of opportunity should be there for all the pupils. No student should enjoy privileges or be given a prize because he is related to a benefactor or a trustee of the school.
Games should be there by way of rest and relaxation so that the students may return to their studies with renewed vigour.
There should be no extra-curricular activities to divert the attention of the pupils from their main business, that is, study. Pupils must be encouraged to concentrate on study and study alone. The staff should consist of teachers who are eminent in their own field. Their teaching should fire the pupils with enthusiasm for their subjects.
The School should have an extensive library where every possible reference book is available. There must be fixed working hours for students to read in this library.
The Ideal School should attract pupils from just about anywhere, any background, it should open its doors to the handicapped, learning disabled. Knowledge being the birth right of one and all. It should inculcate in its pupils a spirit of brotherhood and a broad-minded and tolerant outlook. The only qualification for entering this school should be that a pupil is a genuine seeker after knowledge. He must also be prepared to take great pains in order to satisfy his thirst for knowledge.
The Ideal School must encourage its pupils to think for themselves. They must not take whatever they read or hear for granted. They must be able to form their own opinion and exchange views with others. They must keep an open mind and not be narrow or intolerant in their outlook.
Last but not least, the Ideal School must impress on its pupils that knowledge is a priceless possession to be used for its own sake and not as a means to an end. It will thus be imparting education in the real sense of the term.