Our Philosophy—Education for Life


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The goal of education is the same as the goal of life: to help children become, on every level—heart, mind, body, and spirit – more balanced, mature, effective, harmonious, and happy. Underlying all of our academic efforts is the understanding that relaxed, joyful children make the best learners.

Education for Life is a philosophy of holistic education that emphasizes experiential learning, spiritual development, and practical skills for living. These practical skills, such as concentration, self-discipline, and compassion, lead to achieving this goal of joyful and relaxed learners.

The fundamentals of the philosophy are described in the book Education for Life, by J. Donald Walters. One of the core principles of Education for Life is the understanding that there are four tools we have within us to explore, learn, grow, and experience the world. We work to cultivate these four tools in each child:

  • the physical body
  • the heart’s feelings
  • our dynamic will power
  • and the intellect

Each tool should be developed and used in a balanced, harmonious way. Each is drawn on more strongly during different periods of childhood development and within each individual child.

Education for Life has been used as the model for Living Wisdom Schools for over 30 years. Every school uniquely expresses the same proven principles. Education for Life is also being used by individual teachers within private and public educational settings.

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