I’ve had a breakthrough today and have to thank Deborah for an article she sent me that gives me the big picture on Holistic Education and I’ll provide the link here when I get it.
Jack Miller the holistic ed guru at OISE describes the polarity in education; competition versus compassion. Holistic education is a broader vision of education and human development together, focusing on:
- individual learning and group learning
- analytic thinking and intuitive thinking
- content and process
- learning and assessment
- collaborative learning and passive learning
- exploration and guidance
The three foundational approaches to education (transmissive, transactional, and transformational) are not defended by holistic educators, but instead a balance between the approaches seems most suitable to meeting student needs.
It’s a returning to the basics of what students need as human beings….do we want great test takers, or compassionate, mindful, healthy and socially responsible citizens?
Understanding this focus on connections will hopefully help with both discussion moderation next week and the group project on Community and Connections.