So much emphasis is put on reading and mathematics that subjects such as science and social studies can fall by the wayside. Art, music, and physical education have become marginalized, and recess is now largely a relic of the past."
While this approach may temporarily boost test scores, it risks shortchanging today's students, who need a more well-rounded education that includes a balance of academic rigor, critical thinking, socialization, character development, citizenship, physical fitness and healthy emotional growth; in other words — an education that meets the needs of the whole student.
There are five basic principles of whole-child educational philosophy. In this model, every student in every classroom deserves to be:
- Physically and emotionally healthy
- Physically, socially, emotionally, and academically safe and secure
- Actively engaged and connected to his or her school and community
- Supported and mentored by caring adults
- Challenged to effectively solve problems, persevere, achieve and succeed
Source: The Tennessean