Education in a holistic way

Mar 24 2014, 12:45 IST
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In the present state of the world, there is a need to combine eastern and western education methodologies. (PTI) In the present state of the world, there is a need to combine eastern and western education methodologies. (PTI)
SummaryIn the present state of the world, there is a need to combine eastern and western education methodologies.

abilities or ‘intelligences’.

Education must start to give real "meaning" to the life of the child. To achieve meaning, our schools are going to have to offer time for reflection and depth, not just superficial learning. In my experience, building times into the school day for quiet meditation, reflection and contemplation pay dividends in creating young adults of depth, sincerity and understanding.They become bright because their minds are sharp and their hearts are open to all around them.They are simply better citizens.

Every child learns differently and at a different speed. The school of the future is going to need to not just accommodate this but create an environment where each youngster can prosper through discovering much more about themselves and each other as human beings. Competition has been the mantra for decades; the new world, however, needs co-operation.

Such education prepares students to deal with the challenges of living as well as academics. The educator who is involved in holistic education needs to be a friend, mentor, facilitator and travelling companion on life's journey.

By David Boddy, Principal Partner, ASIS

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