I'm glad. No one should chose any education system for their child without their eyes wide open and their mind also. Good luck in your search!
post #161 of 165
11/6/05 at 12:06pm
Originally Posted by RubyWild
Pete, I've been meaning to come and thank you. We had always planned to homeschool, but then had an offer to pay for private school and were very seriously considering Waldorf. We had been to several open houses, puppet shows, a May festival.
I came here and saw your posts and realized that while I was impressed with some things, I had this niggling feeling that something was wrong with the particular Waldorf school I was visiting. Based on what you have been saying here, I began asking different questions and talking to Waldorf parents and was able to determine that this Waldorf school is not right for us. They were hiding their religious philosophy from us, among other things.
My Dh is very relieved because he has always wanted to homeschool, but I had some doubts.
One more thing, after talking to one Waldorf parent - who happened to be an acquaintance of mine from more than 20 years ago - this parent began having her own doubts and has since put her Dd into Montessori.
So, Pete, you are having and impact.
Originally Posted by jalilah
The other reason I and allot of the parents I knew pulled their children out of The Waldorf schools that my son was in is all the unsupervised free play. There was just too much bullying, hitting, and bad behaviour going on with not enough intervention. I might have thought this was just the schools my son was in (in different parts of the country because we moved) but I read the” Bullying in Waldorf schools” thread and there was allot there that sounded very familiar to me. I think if you read that tread it puts in a nutshell many of the things I don’t like about Waldorf Ed. I especially was touched about all the times I read about children being considered "a problem" in Waldorf schools and then excelling once they changed schools. My son is also now one of those children.
Originally Posted by Rhonwyn
I am sorry that this is what you experienced. I think this can be a problem at a lot of Waldorf schools because of lack of supervision. Our school has done a lot to increase the supervision during playtimes. The parents have to be reminded though, that the teachers on the playground are there to supervise not chat with the parents. Also, the teachers remind the parents that at all school events, the parents are in charge of their children not the teachers. I have seen the most problems when the parents are in charge.