EFL Philosophy

Education for Life (EFL) is the underlying idea that Ananda Center at Laurelwood is based on. Not only is EFL one of the most stimulating concepts in childhood education, it is the most evocative way of approaching life. Every day can be an adventure in understanding, realizing, becoming aware of our relationship to life.

Founded in the book by the same title,  Education for Life: Preparing Children to Meet Today’s Challengesby J. Donald Walters, EFL encourages and inspires individuals to explore the breadth and depth of their own connection with life in all its aspects. From a life-long love of learning comes increasing wholeness and the power to be of ever greater service to the world. All  that is sponsored at Ananda Center at Laurelwood is designed to expand our appreciation of life and our relationship to it; to foster a growing appreciation for ongoing adventure in learning; and to create a sense of interconnectedness between all people.

Description of Education for Life
Education for Life offers a constructive and brilliant alternative to what has been called the disaster of modern education. The need for a change is universally recognized. The statistics of illiteracy, drug abuse, and violence speak for themselves. In this book, Kriyananda traces the problems to an emphasis on technological competence at the expense of spiritual values, which alone can give higher meaning to life. Education for Life offers parents, educators, and concerned citizens everywhere techniques that are both compassionate and practical.This revolutionary book is based on the pioneering work in India of Paramhansa Yogananda, in the early years of the twentieth century. The Education for Lifesystem has been tested and proven for over three decades at the many Living Wisdom schools located throughout the United States.This book is a workable combination of idealism and practicality telling educators what to teach, when to teach it, how to teach it, and why. Educators in both American and Europe have acclaimed the Living Wisdom schools as places where children are encouraged to grow toward full maturity as human beings, and where they learn not only facts, but also innovative principles for better living.

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