Why Is Holistic Education Important?
When it comes to rethinking our current educational system, a holistic education offers an exciting alternative. In the past decades our knowledge regarding childhood development has expanded, and with it our teaching methodologies.
Today, parents and educators alike want more from their children’s education. They are looking for an approach to education that is in tune with each child’s unique needs and skills, and one that prepares the child to become a well-rounded adult.
As such, holistic education is based on the idea that children can be taught in a more natural and engaging way. Rather than compartmentalizing school subjects, the holistic approach seeks to empower children to use their academic learning as a foothold for their emotional and social development.
The Benefits Of A Holistic Approach
Education is no longer just about learning tangible and measurable skills. Our past educational paradigms relied on the “average” measurements and standardization. Children were prepared to memorize information and then take placement examinations. Not only is this approach not successful for children, it may also not be psychologically healthy for some students, according to research done by Sir Ken Robinson.
Although children should be prepped in core subjects such as mathematics, literature, or science, it is also important that they be taught how to learn. Holistic education redefines not only what a core subject is, it also redefines how children should be taught.
The biggest benefit of a holistic approach isn’t just about mental development, but it encompasses psychological, social and emotional growth.
A holistic approach motivates children to learn about a subject. It instills curiosity and allows children to learn naturally and creatively. It is also attuned to each child’s individual persona and learning style, in contrast of the current mass educational system.
Positive And Long Term Results
The result is a child who develops better communication and social skills, and better confidence. They feel good about learning and challenging themselves with certain subjects because these things offer positive associations. Intrinsic motivation, in turn, propels them to be curious, inquisitive, and eventually be innovative adults in the workplace.
Implementing a Successful Holistic Approach
A holistic methodology seeks to help children develop all their skills and to build their strengths. As such, this educational approach is inclined towards play-based learning, children’s creativity, and their imagination. For instance, a holistic curriculum could include dance and stage performance, speech, photography, or painting (to name only a few) in addition to the “traditional” subjects.
More importantly, a holistic approach would encourage children to make connections between subjects–for instance, using their creative skills to solve a practical science or social problem, or approaching a foreign language similar to the way they approach a mathematical equation.
This kind of teaching does not confine to the classroom setting. In fact, parents and educators would do well to create environments where children can experiment and explore.
Education That Is Fun And Meaningful
Whether it’s allowing a child to be an involved citizen after school or enrolling him or her in a extra-curricular classes such as stage speaking and reading class–the objective of holistic education is to make learning so fun and meaningful that the child seeks it even when he is out of the classroom and this continues to fuel the child’s quest for lifelong learning and development.
Scholar Base adopts a holistic learning approach and this has successfully helped development of hundreds of children into well-rounded and successful graduates and professionals serving the society. What you are your thoughts about education and child development? Leave us your comments below and stay tune for coming posts as we continue our discussions.