How Comprehensive Learning Makes Better Students

What is a holistic education and comprehensive learning? Throughout the 200-year history of public schooling, a widely scattered group of critics have pointed out that the education of children and teens should involve much more than simply molding them into future workers or citizens. Comprehensive learning is based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to values such as compassion and peace.

It aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. This is done, not through an academic “curriculum” that condenses the world into instructional packages, but through direct engagement with the environment. Holistic education nurtures a sense of wonder. Help the person feel part of the wholeness of the universe, and learning will naturally be enchanted and inviting. There is no one best way to accomplish this goal, there are many paths of learning and the holistic educator values them all; what is appropriate for some children and adults, in some situations, may not be the best for others.

This attitude toward teaching and learning inspires many home-schooling families as well as educators in public and independent schools. While few public schools are entirely committed to holistic principles, many teachers try hard to put many of these ideas into practice. By using real-life experiences, current events, the dramatic arts and other lively sources of knowledge in place of textbook information, teachers can kindle the love of learning.

Sequoyah School is a place where a holistic approach is nurtured and respected. Students are expected to seek, honor and reflect on multiple viewpoints in order to broaden understanding and solve problems. They are encouraged to become curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who generate questions to deepen understanding and who learn to engage in constructive dialogue, value literature and language and express oneself effectively through a variety of modalities. They learn how to take care of people, take care of things, take care of the environment, and seek to make the community a better place for all.

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