Holistics before academics
Another important aspect which needs to be put on the dais is how the spectrum of holistic learning extends homogeneously and evenly to all sections and strata of the society. This, for the simple reason that everyone needs to adhere to the basic tenets of holistic restraint, irrespective of one’s social status or background. Joining in to echo her precious thoughts on the relevance of holistic education in today’s life, Garima Sharma, eminent Early Childhood Education expert remarks, “The curriculum being imparted at various levels of education process needs to integrate holistic component with academics in order to ensure the full round development of students. Who says, it’s only the under privileged class, or the people from economically weaker sections of the society that need to be imparted the finer nuances of holistic erudition primarily because students studying in hi-end schools too need vital holistic lessons on a regular basis so as to keep off from inculcating unwarranted vices. Every now and then, in utter disbelief, we keep reading in papers, or view on national TV, youngsters from taking to crimes like thefts, kidnapping for ransom, murders, being committed by youngsters hailing from respectable and affluent families. Besides the aforesaid crimes, such youths also make prime time headlines for being involved in felonies like heavy indulgence in drug abuse during rave parties, road rages in the aftermath of drunken driving, wreaking havoc on innocent party revelers in an inebriated state, and more recent of all, circulating the MMS of their female friends in compromising positions. Isn’t this so shocking and detestable? Well, the million dollar question is to introspect and explore ways for curbing all this. No rocket science to conclude that somewhere due to a break in the usual monotony, it has lead to young minds going haywire and berserk in life, only to further result in dire consequences.
Primary student immersed in Prayer...
The solution is simple as all educationists and academicians need to do, is to ensure regular lessons of holistic learning throughout the student life.” Holistic touch to modern day education incorporates fixed schedule for meditation sessions as well as other interactive elements that do a world of good to educate young tender minds about the distinction between good and evil. Moreover, it apprises them about the colossal significance of possessing good virtues and morals for accomplishing greater heights in times to come. With a well defined objective of inculcating strong values for traditions and culture, schools and various educational institutes organize special carnivals for celebrating momentous ancient festivals. Behind every such learning practice or ritual, the endeavour is to instill firm and everlasting assets of ethical and integrity among the children populace. Since there is equal probability of kids falling prey to any of the existent or the modern day vices, the need to underline the importance of all such key programs increases all the more. In the literary sense, a holistic approach integrates all three viz. mind, body and soul, thereby helping attain a state of total biological equilibrium, where the emotional, sensory, and spiritual elements get harmoniously balanced. It helps in making children peaceful, more focused and vibrant. Meditation is panacea for all physical, emotional and mental ailments, and this is why schools all over the country nowadays have inculcated ‘meditation’ as part of their daily curriculum. Meditation does wonders to the overall development of a child, and is indubitably, one of the key components of holistic approach. Elucidates Santosh Kalyani, CEO of the Character Development Initiative, “The main aim is to ensure holistically sound batches of students every year. If youngsters are spiritually inclined, they are bound to perform well in academics. However, the same rule does not hold true with brilliant students, since they too stand prone to committing misdeeds and countless number of gratuitous antics. If bright students bring laurels to their schools, honestly speaking, one bad deed by a student brings loads of disrepute to the legacy of the school or institution to which he or she belongs. The mere reference of “misdeed” or “misdemeanor”, and it instantly correlates us to the ever so crucial “upbringing factor” which makes it easy to conclude that due to gross neglect during the initial formative years of development, a student went astray.
Awful to see a substantial chunk of youngsters serving jail terms. Albeit any city would boast of numerous hi-end schools these days replete with state of the art infrastructure, opulent amenities, highly meritorious teaching and administrative staff, they might still be considered ‘lacking’ or ‘incomplete’, if they are in inept in proffering due connotation to holistic education. Simply implying the sheer pertinence of holistic touch to modern day education.” “Character Development Initiative” or simply “CDI” is an intervention specifically developed, to empower students and youths in demanding situations to maintain their composure and face up to life, when they encounter challenges or situations which demand strength of character. It is an interactive process of training and learning, which enables the beneficiaries to acquire knowledge, and to develop attitudes and skills which support the adoption of healthy behaviours. Cheers Nidhi Sirohi, principal Kothari International School (KIS), “It’s been four years since KIS came into being. The USP of our institution is the perfect integration of curriculum with holistic development and nourishment. We epitomize to make learning meaningful, collaborative and immensely enjoyable. KIS is a modern day boarding school fully air-conditioned and furnished with state of the art facilities and services to the students to provide holistic education and enable full development of their personality. It aims to provide a happy and supportive environment that nurtures the individual abilities of the children; allows them to think independently and innovatively, take their own initiative and actively participate in the learning process. Being a firm believer of holistic education, I lay immense emphasis on all round development of a student, and ensure that he or she inherits and integrates the best of human values and cultural traditions, besides being good with academics.” No doubts really, that educating children the holistic way would ensure two key purposes, firstly good academic results, and secondly, help curtail the growing crime rate among youngistan populace of the country.
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January 2, 2011