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Let's focus on a real-life object such as a mobile phone. Can you divide it into neat boundaries of the subjects that we know:
- Is there electronics? Of course yes.
- Is there mathematics? Yes, of course, the intricate manufacturing and fitting of the electronic components and their design was not possible without the mathematics.
- Is there sociology? Yes, the way we communicate, interact, meet, talk, socialize.
- Is there language? Of course how can you use it without the language, send text messages, read messages, emails, tag videos, store information, exchange information etc.
- Is there physics? Of course, the screen, casing, current, etc.
- Is there psychology? Of course, a lot of research goes into the psychology of how to make a user friendly phone, how to make it understand what we want to do,
- Is there chemistry? Of course, the materials with which it is made could not have been manufactured without the knowledge of chemistry.
Objective of holistic learning is to make the student focus on the big picture and through a process of exploration and discovery using the student's natural curiosity move downwards to reach to the principles through a top-down process. This is entirely different from the classical composition of text books that typically move from simple to complex. Text books typically subscribe to the narrow subject boundaries. This is but natural. As the text books are written by experts whose take is not a learner's view of the subject but actually an expert's view of the subject. Expert looks at the field bottom up because he is an expert and in the process can foresee the connections that a concepts is going to establish with other concepts as the concepts become increasingly more and more complex. However, for a learner this view is not only unnatural but also senseless as he is just starting out and can not look at all the possibilities with which connections would be made by other concepts within the subject boundary and with other concepts in related subjects to eventually make real-life objects that are interesting, useful and studying whom makes sense.
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Aah ko chaheeyay ik umr asar hone takKaun jeeta hay teray zulf k ser honay tak.
Dividing the knowledge into subjects and then further dividing and decomposing them to
|Experiential Learning is anti-subjects|
We need to make our subjects alive, thrilling, full of wonder, inviting, engaging and enthralling. This can only be done through holistic learning.
Thus, our curriculum should be holistic. It should be designed to engage the students, hold their attention, move them away from interesting video games, engaging facebook, and riveting programs and movies.
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