short story, "The Erlking" about a mother and daughter's
visit to a Elves’ Faire with comments on both Waldorf and
Montessori schooling among other things.
I have no idea what Goethe's Erkling is, but if it is creepy, I cannot read it right now b/c it is nighttime here Sad, but true. The entire thing from the girl's POV made absolutely no sense to me & I guess that is why. I hated the ending and it made me feel creeped out and confused as to what had happened.
Otherwise, I did enjoy many aspects of the piece, such as the pressure we parents can feel about the decisions we make about our children's lives. This school or that one, plastic or no, is this toxic, wow, that is expensive, etc. Yes, I am absolutely delighted by all of the Waldorf aesthetic. My daughter is also slow to warm up and academic-minded. She fits in *perfectly* at our Morning Garden class. I do know that she would flourish at a Waldorf school & I do know that she loves the atmosphere and rhythms. It wasn't just me picking this for her, it was Waldorf fitting in perfectly w/ our family. The part that stood out the most for me in the story was the mother's difficulty at finding a brown Waldorf doll. YES, THANK YOU. I know that there is writing about Steiner being a racist & I believe it. I also would not say that Waldorf toys are racist b/c that is too harsh imo, but almost all of the dolls are white. That is really bad, imo. Kids are also not supposed to use black crayons or paint b/c it is too powerfully negative. Well, some kids have black hair and eyes, so how do they draw themselves? I also thought it was funny how the mom thought the girl should like this or that thing & the kid either didn't care or didn't like it. That is so v true to life! Disappointing, but true! Oh, and I didn't like the undertone I got that knocked Waldorf methodology. Maybe that was just me..