The proponents of holistic education say that the present is abandoning any effort to educate people or whole human being both young and old. It has reduced schooling to preparation for the workplace whose assessment and testing can be standardized test (Bopp et al.With its approaches, elements and wholeness concerns, Francis & Reyhner (2002), proposed that in general, “the goal of holistic education approach is summarized by the term ‘Ultimacy.’ According to Francis & Reyhner (2002), (1) ultimacy is the highest position of being that human beings can aspire to. Human beings can aspire to ultimacy either as a developmental stage, a greatest life moment that is rarely experienced by any person or as a common phase of life in the population but ordinarily rare in any particular person’s life (e., Maslow’s peak-experience). (2) A greatest engagement or concern that a person can aspire to. Francis & Reyhner (2002) further argue that these two meanings can intertwine or overlap in the life of a human being.Francis & Reyhner (2002) outlines that the ability to communicate with one another is a crucial element for all people in the society for their sustained learning and development. The ability to efficiently communicate with one another in an individual’s indigenous language connects a person to his or her ethnic group and assists to shape the persons’ identity. In this way, learning about their surrounding and the connection they have with their environment is the basis of indigenous education. Comfortable connection with oneself and the environment encourages all the pillars of learning mentioned above.Most Indigenous people and cultures strongly identify with a traditional language. Language encourages the passing. Indigenous Language and Holistic Education.
Bopp, Judie, et al. (2004). The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press.
Francis, N., & Reyhner, J. (2002). Language and literacy teaching for indigenous education: A Bilingual approach. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
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