The Education for Life system embraces expands on 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.
These expanded categories include:
- Our Earth-Our Universe
- Personal Development
- Self-Expression and Communication
- Understanding People
These “expanded” categories are described in greater detail below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The category of “Wholeness” is an over-arching one 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 emphasizes the importance of developing all three entities along the pathway toward maturity.
On the most practical levels,”wholeness”-based education teaches students to honor one’s inner world while appreciating their relationshipto others and the world around them.