Holistic Education

    • Holistic Education (taken from theinfed.org website) is a science-based comprehensive education to be yourself, something that may seem obvious, although does not always take first priority in current education systems. It is based on the idea that each child finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to spiritual values such as love and peace. Holistic education aims to extract from the child a fundamental respect for life and a passionate love of learning. This is done, not through an academic “curriculum” that condenses the world into instructional packages, but through direct engagement with the environment. 

  • Holistic education nurtures a sense of curiosity. Montessori, for example, spoke of “cosmic” education: Help the person feel part of the wholeness of the universe, and learning will naturally be enchanted and inviting. There is no one best way to accomplish this goal, there are many paths of learning and the holistic educator values them all as what is appropriate for some children and may not be best for others. The art of holistic education lies in its responsiveness to the diverse learning styles and needs of evolving human beings. Quite simply, the current nursery and school model is not up to the capabilities and needs of its pupils today as they have evolved faster than the actual system. In some systems today, emotion and creativity is punished and automatic behaviour of an industrial mass production is rewarded.

    Holistic education seeks to give a twist to the current system to prioritize other issues. Although the teacher is the expert on the subject, the teacher does not know everything ... there is so much to learn from children provided that appropriate channels are established for mutual feedback. By readapting the education level of the child, considering their knowledge and experience, leading the child as opposed to telling them what to do or how to think, it will be much easier to safeguard the child’s individuality and creativity and build bridges between what is known and what is to be taught. Without those bridges, often the wall that stands between teacher and pupil is not reached and collapses.

    Education (taken from theschoolmotivator.com) derives from the verb educe, which means "to draw forth from within." The original teaching method of Socrates of drawing from within has been largely displaced by professorial deference to received scholarly authority. Students are taught how to take exams but not how to think, write or find their own path.

    The verbal form is educare from educere, which, in turn comes from "ducere" "to lead or draw out." It also means to rear or bring up. The noun education first appeared in the 16th century in English. In Italian, the word still means "upbringing" rather than "instruction".

    School derives from the Greek language σχολή (scholē), originally meaning "leisure" and also "that in which leisure to learn and develop is employed", although later this evolved into the Latin word “Scola” which took on the meaning “place of instruction” it then developed in the Old English language to Scol which today we would recognize as “school” we almost immediately began using it in the figurative sense of “an environment which teaches through experience” 

    In order to have a good education and school, experimentation and the real understanding of these words is paramount.