Originally Posted by waldorf teacher
[You've completely missed my point, I suspect. I respect that we have different "truths" as you call them - I would call them "beliefs". But Waldorf does not get a free ride when they don't explain that their beliefs make up the curriculum and that children will be taught those beliefs. If you understand that your "truths" are different than my "truths" then what in the world justifies that you would teach your "truths" to my child without my permission or knowledge?
Maybe I missed it.
You know me (sort of), and you know very well that I am a strong advocate of disclosing what goes on at Waldorf school, but something as simple as time and resources prohibits this...you know that.
With regard to time and resources - I think it takes less time to not imply that Anthroposophy is not in Waldorf schools than it does to imply it. Parents who have to ask are concerned about this. Suggesting it is there takes no more time than suggesting it isn't. Parents have a right to have their questions answered honestly.
|How long would it really take to let somebody know everything that goes on in 12 years at a school. Come on.|
|Find out what the play is like before you buy a ticket, and if it turns out to be intolerable, grab your hat and go...but don't ruin it for the people who want to stay, or for those who may want to go in the future.|
|And try not to assume that your 'disclosure' bugaboo is a problem outside of your very limited experience in Waldorf; or with the VAST majority of Waldorf families.|
First you, yourself, have suggested that you advocate that Waldorf disclose more of its true nature to parents. Then you suggested time and resource restraints are the reason they don't. And finally you arrive at - it is only me who has experienced this problem - and maybe if I grab my hat and leave, the problem will go away. You represent yourself as "Waldorf Teacher" - are we to assume all Waldorf teachers would use these methods to arrive at their desired results in a conversation with a parent? The reason I ask is because this is, in my experience, how most conversations between Waldorf teachers and parents transpire - first they sympathise, then they explain why what the parent is asking cannot be done - and if the parent doesn't acquiesce, they are invalidated as the only complainer and even asked to leave.
|It is my understanding that Steiner himself said that POF would be his most enduring work.|
|I know you are aware of it, but have you ever read it and worked with it?|