The Education for Life system embraces academic subjects taught in the traditional school curriculum: The Sciences, Mathematics, Social Science, Languages, and the Humanities. Yet Education for Life expands the breadth of these artificial categories to include topics with more everyday relevance:
Our Earth/Our Universe encourages a progressively expansive view of reality. Incorporating the Sciences, this area gives a vision of the orderliness of the universe, an appreciation for the ecological balance of all life, and a sense of awe before the universal mysteries at the essence of scientific discovery.
Self-Expression & Communication encourages clarity of mind and creative expression. Children come to appreciate Mathematics and Grammar for their clarity-imparting benefits, and also benefit from developing creativity through learning the various Arts.
Personal Development integrates a wide range of subjects, from physical development to mental and spiritual development.
* Physical Development includes not only Physical Education, but also areas such as diet and hygiene.
* Mental Development covers useful life-long skills such as how to concentrate, how to develop the memory, self-control and joyful self-discipline.
* Spiritual Development is presented in a universal context and includes instruction in attitudes such as openness of heart, truthfulness, calmness of feeling, servicefulness and humility.
Understanding People encourages personal expansion through learning about the experiences and perspectives of others. History, Geography and Psychology come under this area, as well as a study of customs and beliefs in a variety of cultures.
Cooperation encourages growth and insight through harmonious relations with others. This places areas of study such as Languages, politics, and economics within a context of positive reference to their more human realities. This is also presented as learning life-enhancing skills such as: how to get along with others, the value of compromise, supportive leadership, etc.
Wholeness is an over-arching category that ties together the previous five categories. In a sense, it is the central pillar of human potential and self-realization. By nature, topics in the category of “Wholeness”overlap with those from the other categories and includes topics such as art and music appreciation, literature, philosophy, and religion.
“Wholeness” addresses the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit as well as emphasizing the importance of developing all three along the pathway toward maturity.
On the most practical levels,”wholeness”-based education teaches students to honor their inner world while appreciating their relationship to others and the world around them.