Insights on How to Educate the Whole Being

The central education systems across the globe have many shortcomings, most of which stem from the fact that they focus on the development of the academic side of a person, not their whole being.

Many of them are good, but at the end of the day, their primary goal is to graduate students who meet the necessary academic standards. It completely disregards the children’s well-being and happiness – both of which enable a person to be a better learner, thus turning into a great human being who brings more good to the world.

We need to move to a more holistic approach to education to develop the whole being, not solely our academic sides. The holistic approaches are many, and most of them are successful, precisely because they attempt to educate the whole person.

Anthroposophy

Anthroposophy is a spiritual philosophy, born from the philosophy of freedom at the end of the 19th century. It is a system for education, creativity, and therapy. Anthroposophy uses natural means to improve and optimize our mental and physical well-being.

For all of this, it is a perfect candidate that can teach us how to educate our whole being. It can open up the creative potential in all of us and move us to action.

What’s more, it helps us reach our potentials in both social and professional engagements. Anthroposophy is one of the few education systems that can do this because it bridges the distances between science, art, and religion. They are the three main elements of each human culture, and by creating a synthesis of them, it can enable us to develop our whole beings.

Waldorf Education

The Waldorf system was inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the same man who developed the philosophy of freedom and later – anthroposophy. For that, Waldorf education is in many ways similar to it, which is why both of these holistic teachings can help us educate the whole being.

Waldorf schools exist in many countries around the world, and they are very much alike to the regular schools most people know. Many things work more or less the same, but the focus lies on enabling the students to use their imagination and to be creative.

The approach to teaching in Waldorf schools is multi-disciplinary, and the curriculum is comprehensive, but it focuses on being age-appropriate.

With all of that in mind, it’s clear to see how Waldorf education can offer a lot of insights into the culture of the whole being, and in many ways, it’s already there.

The Bottom Line

Anthroposophy and subsequently Waldorf education have brought us very close to an all-encompassing system that will educate the whole being, a system that focuses on enabling creativity and imagination, all the while developing our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Insights into such a system can be taken from other holistic teachings as well – the lessons of Charlotte Mason and from Montessori education, to name a few.

All of them offer us ways to educate the whole being, which is more than necessary, as only in that way can we create a better and happier world for all of humanity.