Holistic Education

Holistic Education is a ‘whole-body’ approach to education. Whether we are looking at the student’s whole body or the society as a whole body. From the student’s point of view, learning is promoted by engaging the different senses of the student. From the school’s point of view, the Holistic approach to learning is to continually place the student within the context of society. In fact, the learning needs of the student are derived from needs of the society at large.

Objectives

  • To develop a student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials
  • To help students be the most that they can be
  • To help a student find identity, meaning, and purpose in life
  • To inspire an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning
  • To inculcate human values such as compassion and peace
  • To imbibe life skills among them

Elements

Elements of a Holistic approach to learning are interwoven, expanding and overlapping and tend to be simple, subtle and powerful.

  • Facilitating deeper relationships between the student and the community around
  • Sharing a better understanding of the natural world through methods of experiential learning
  • Encouraging and helping the student set macro, societal goals
  • Involving students in the learning design process
  • Encouraging personal and collective responsibility as a part of life skills enhancement
  • Creating webs of information that link together (rather than learning by rote)
  • Introducing a innovative techniques and tools of purposeful learning
  • Developing sports skills and sportive spirit
  • Developing a temperament for creative skills
  • Giving the best and the most of the yoga techniques
  • Emphasis on cultivating personal dreams and working towards them

Outcomes

Students exposed to the Holistic approach of learning start to show changes in behavior and attitude over long period of time. While some students may respond faster to this approach than others, measuring the effectiveness of the Holistic approach in the short-term is likely to give incorrect results.

  • Demonstrate a sense of psychological freedom to think independently
  • Develop a good sense of judgment and self-governance
  • Learn in their ‘own way’
  • Develop ‘social ability’, which is more than learning just social skills
  • Imbibe refined values, feeding into development of ‘character’
  • Move towards ‘self knowledge’ and self awareness

Realistic Education

Realistic Education addresses and builds on the rational relationship between the student and the environment. It emphasizes on truth and realities of life rather than the endeavor and appreciation of beauty. It combines scientific knowledge with common sense, and orients itself to the needs of life and changes therein.

Objectives

  • To develop the logical and rational faculties of the students
  • To build an appreciation for constraints as challenges
  • To open the student’s mind to feedback as an opportunity to accelerate growth
  • To teach students the importance of prioritizing
  • To help students learn to deal with change and accept the same

Elements

Elements of a Realistic approach to learning are experiential, interactive and work best in phases spread across the student’s growth cycle.

  • Usage of simulations of everyday life situations
  • Usage of role play in adverse scenarios
  • Contextual learning with problem-solving and decision-making tasks
  • Exposing students to environmental change (things we cannot control)
  • Allocating school time for innovation and research to help solve real problems in the immediacy of the student
  • Exposing the students to adversities of life via socia-economic field trips

Outcomes

Realistic approach to learning at school needs to be supplemented with realistic approach to parenting. It is very important the student to receive consistent realistic inputs at home and school. Students in their earlier years at school respond faster to realistic interventions, while students in later years tend to show more resistance.

  • Students are acquainted with the real circumstances of life
  • Students recognize the importance of setting measurable goals in addition to cultivating dreams
  • Inculcates a culture of persuasion and healthy, logical argument as opposed to making demands
  • Prepares students to deal with adverse situations in life
  • Prepares the student to deal with change at personal, familial, societal and organizational levels

Futuristic Education

Futuristic Education refers to the usage of innovative learning delivery mechanisms. The moot point being that ‘how can learning reach students beyond the conventional classroom at campus’. A large part of it relies on e-learning, but more important than technology is the interactive nature of learning delivery. This approach also takes into consideration the up-skilling of the teaching faculty wrt to the new modes of delivery.

Objectives

  • To reduce the reliance on scheduled classroom learning and bring in a new dimension of spontaneous learning opportunities
  • To seed a culture of continuous learning for life by getting students hooked to non-traditional forms of learning
  • To leverage growing student interest in social media for the benefit of learning
  • To develop a sense of connectedness amongst peers and enhance collective learning capabilities
  • To make the children 'future Ready'

Elements

Elements of a Realistic approach to learning are experiential, interactive and work best in phases spread across the student’s growth cycle.

  • Up-skilling of teaching faculty to help them embrace technology-based learning delivery methods
  • Setting aside specific days for a student to attend a class virtually
  • Introducing computer game-based learning modules
  • Building a repository of e-books for both curricular and extra-curricular topics

Outcomes

  • Students understand the importance of being networked early in their lives
  • Teaching faculty stays abreast with student mindsets and overall culture
  • Building of valuable IP in the form of reusable online repositories (recorded classroom sessions of a great music teacher)
  • Students learn the value of collaborating with peers
  • Steeper learning curves for all learning areas that can be migrated online
  • Futuristic learning delivery, by its nature of working, prepares students better to find their feet easily in the global economy

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