The word ‘holistic’ means complete. The word ‘complete’ even has many dimensions. Man being a social animal needs to exhibit social behaviour towards his family, neighbourhood and the country to become a responsible person. So would we call a scientist or a manager who is always engrossed only in his own work – a responsible being? The answer is ‘NO’. So what qualities are required to be built in a student to make him a responsible citizen, a helping neighbour and a loving and concerned family member? It requires instilling in him the social and emotional skills along with the scientific education. Holistic Education does the same.
This is a competitive era, where stress has become part of life. Even small school children are stressed due to their studies, competitions in school, after-school activities, and the social pressure to perform better. Holistic Education serves as the solution. Holistic education aims to prepare students to work even in stressful conditions, helping them to be happy and content even when life poses problems and threats before them.
Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds meaning identity and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. It aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love for learning. The term is most often used to refer to the more democratic and humanistic types of alternative education. Its attention to experiential learning and the significance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment. Holistic education aims at helping students be the most that they can be. Education with such perspective is concerned with the development of every person’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic creative potentials. It seeks to engage students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and collective responsibilities.