For over 40 years, Education for Life has pioneered an approach that emphasizes cultivating the intellect in conjunction with the body, feelings, and will. Modern research shows that the future of education around the world lies with schools that can successfully implement this kind of integrated, holistic approach. Our approach is described in the following points.
1) Student-Centered vs Curriculum-Centered: Traditional education is almost always curriculum-centered. The course of studies is set in advance by school staff. Students are expected to learn what is taught. Classes are always the same, regardless of who is in the class. In an EFL school, teachers are trained to focus on the individual students in their class and adapt the curriculum to their unique set of talents, interests, and needs. All of the essential topics are covered, but in a presentation style and rhythm that matches these particular students. Classes are always different, depending on the individuals involved.
2) Curriculum Categories: Traditional education divides the curriculum into separate, impersonal categories like science, history, geography, and language. An EFL school provides an integrated curriculum that is focussed on expanding each student’s sense of who they are. The EFL categories cover the same body of knowledge, but from perspectives that are focused on relating the particular topics to the personal experience of the students: Understanding People, Our Earth – Our Universe, Communication and Self-Expression, Cooperation, Personal Development, and Wholeness.
3) Stages of Maturity: In EFL, the style of education evolves with the age of the students. During the Will Years from ages 12-18, learning needs to be active and involved in real-life situations, including internships, service projects, and travel. When students are encouraged to learn from personal experience rather than only from books, they develop self-confidence and the ability to apply their learning to new situations.