There is another type of school which places a higher importance on the child's psycological well-being. So although they also strive for academic excellence, they also try and show the child the place of knowledge, and also try and cultivate an appreciation for the whole of life. Here are some quotes.
With the very young what is most important is to help them to
free themselves from psychological pressures and problems.
Now the very young are being taught complicated intellectual
problems; their studies are becoming more and more technical;
they are given more and more abstract information; various
forms of knowledge are being imposed on their brains,
thus conditioning them right from childhood. Whereas what
we are concerned with is to help the very young to have no
psychological problems, to be free of fear, anxiety, cruelty, to
have care, generosity and affection. This is far more important
than the imposition of knowledge on their young minds. This
does not mean that the child should not learn to read, write
and so on, but the emphasis is on psychological freedom
instead of the acquisition of knowledge, though that is necessary.
Surely they must be centres of learning a way of life which is not based on pleasure, on self-centered activities, but on the understanding of correct action, the depth and beauty of relationship, and the sacredness of a religious life. (Krishnamurti 1981b) (Letter dated 15th October 1980)
These schools were founded by J. Krishnamurti a man who spent his whole life travelling, meeting and discussing with people the problems of living, and on living an intelligent life.
Oooh, I also found this link which I imagine would be of interest. http://www.pathsoflearning.org/magazine.cfm