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- Waldorf Education: An Introduction What is Waldorf Education?
Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner
enthusiasm for learning within every child...
to arise from within and helping engender the capacity for joyful
For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and
theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply
subjects to be read about, ingested and tested.
Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate
a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional,
physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of
their paths and to be of service to the world.
Developed by Rudolf
Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education is based on a profound
understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the
Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into
an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands,
as well as the head.
When you enter a Waldorf school, the first
thing you may notice is the care given to the building.
are usually painted in lively colors and are adorned with student
Evidence of student activity is everywhere to be found and
every desk holds a uniquely created main lesson book.
impression may be the enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers you
These teachers are interested in the students as individuals.
They are interested in the questions:
How do we establish within each child his or her own high level
of academic excellence?
How do we call forth enthusiasm for learning and work, a
healthy self-awareness, interest and concern for fellow human
beings, and a respect for the world?
How can we help pupils find meaning in their lives? Teachers in
Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for
learning within every child.
They achieve this in a variety of
Even seemingly dry and academic subjects are presented in a
pictorial and dynamic manner.
This eliminates the need for
competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic rewards
to motivate learning.
It allows motivation to arise from within and
helps engender the capacity for joyful lifelong learning.
Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive, structured to
respond to the three developmental phases of childhood: from birth
to approximately 6 or 7 years, from 7 to 14 years and from 14 to 18
Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to
provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these
phases fully and to bring "age appropriate" content to the children
that nourishes healthy growth.