homeschooling no good, Waldorf expert says
I thought Elizabeth, in particular, might be interested in the following. It is a link to an article by a Waldorf teacher who, like many Waldorf teachers, advises parents strongly NOT to try to "Waldorf" homeschool their children because the parents are not "professionals" and for a host of other reasons.
Here's the link, with excerpts for those who don't want to read the whole thing.
In the newsletter of the Waldorf School Association of Ontario,http://www.waldorf.ca/Other/spring2002.pdf
(Lisa again: there's a brief article announcing a Waldorf conference on
homeschooling, paired with a longer article by Mel Belenson, a
teacher at the Ottawa Waldorf School. Belenson says that there may be
valid reasons for wanting to homeschool, like there being no school
nearby, the school being full, or a disability that prevents
attendance. "It is difficult to imagine any other legitimate reason
for choosing home-schooling over enrolling in a Waldorf school." Please note that I have added words in the brackets where sentences were edited, to provide fuller meaning.)
Belenson argues "Does the parent feel he or she can do it better than
the professionals who are teaching daily in the classroom? ... Does
not the striving of the individuals who are responsible for the
classroom have any validity? ... Waldorf education is primarily a
social education. The origins of the first Waldorf school, and the
philosophical underpinnings of the education, attest to that [that
the school is to foster the Threefold Social Order]. The continuing
transformations of family life attest to that [homeschoolers can't
have their lifestyles controlled by the faculty]. Self-centered
isolation and individualization of children at an early age are not
in keeping with the spirit of Waldorf education [God forbid children
should be individualized]."
"It is hardly likely that the relationship between a parent and a
child can carry the same impact as does that between the class
teacher and the child."
"...Home-schooling that makes use of Waldorf methods cannot be true
Waldorf education. Support and encouragement of so-called Waldorf
home-schooling on the part of existing schools, organizations,
internet websites, publications, etc. is not a good thing."