I had posted a number of months ago when I had questioned whether my rather "academic" 4 year old would fare well at a Waldorf school. I am unable to pull that post up, but am so very thankful for the insightful and helpful comments I received from those familiar with Waldorf education.
My daughter begins her Kinder year next week (Whee!). But now I have another question:
How much emphasis does Waldorf education place on Math and Science, compared to Arts and Humanities?
I have always operated from the perspective of making choices in life that open up more options in your future. By that count, I would prefer my children receive a very solid and mandatory education in Math and Science, as that is hard to achieve without formal training. Arts and appreciation of literature will happen easily, as they are so inclined anyway.
The nagging question in my mind is this: given the overwhelming number of actors and actresses and artists that are Waldorf grads in the US, and a lack of prominent scientists, economists, technologists in that roster, will Waldorf education fall short in the development of my nascent scientists?
Does anyone have any idea how rigourous the Math and Science curriculum is, and why is there a lack of world leaders in these fields in the pool of Waldorf Grads?