LIVING WISDOM MIDDLE SCHOOL
“Adolescence is rich with life’s greatest opportunities for self-development.” ~ J. D. Walters
Middle School Program
Ananda Living Wisdom Middle School program is dynamic and experiential. During this time of transition pre-teens are looking to take the idealism of childhood and combine it with energy. When the energy is directed in a positive direction anything is possible! Education for Life (EFL) is based on a balanced development of the four Tools of Maturity: the body, feelings, will, and intellect. In contrast, mainstream education with its one-pointed focus on obtaining higher test scores has increasingly emphasized the training of intellect at the expense of activities that promote growth in the other areas. It is interesting then to compare the results of these two very different approaches
Education for Life and Testing
While we do not advocate the testing of young children, older students often express a healthy interest in knowing how they are doing academically in relation to others their age. When the EFL high school near Nevada City, California applied for accreditation in 2005, a part of the process entailed giving the students a nationally recognized, standardized test. The results have been remarkable, though not unexpected for those who are familiar with recent educational studies. In every year the students as a group have averaged in the top 10% of schools nationwide, even reaching the top 1% on one occasion. SAT scores have been equally impressive with the average EFL student scoring 1717 as compared to a national average of around 1500. (for greater detail click here.) How can EFL students compare so well with elite academic schools when our focus includes large amounts of time directed toward drama and music, games and outdoor activities, service projects and travel? Current educational research provides some valuable insights.