The concept and term ‘Holistic Education’ came into existence into mid 1980s in North America and has become a buzz word in the 21st century. Holistic Education is the need of the hour. Eminent educationists, thinkers and philosophers from ancient Greece (in West) to ancient Vedic Era (in east) have been providing methods, thoughts and reasons for its immediate implementation. Holistic Education is supposed to have its roots in the romantic theories of education proposed by Plato, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Montessori, Froebel, Dewey etc. in the eastern world. In India it was found in the teaching practices of Vedic Educational System. Further its traces can be seen in the teaching of Srimad Bagavad Geeta. The concepts of Panch Kosh and Ashtang Yoga are very much similar to the general philosophy of Holistic Education. Later, Sri Aurobindo has implemented this in his concept of Integral education.
Holistic Education also holds scientific underpinnings. The Brain based learning and system theory work upon the same principles. Neuroscience has proved that brain function is largely implemented in a network and brain regions are closely interconnected. Cognitive, emotional, moral or social functions use more than one brain regions. Therefore our education should also be holistic to produce individuals who would be academically enriched, emotionally balanced, socially acceptable, morally uplifted and spiritually enlightened.The present paper explores the various sources and supporting thoughts of Holistic Education.
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