Why I get super frustrated in discussions about waldorfSo, I'm going to try to explain what I've experienced in discussions about waldorf.
A parent has a bad experience. For example a creepy song, talk about Jesus and a teacher who won't offer an explanation as in this thread.
The parent concludes that this experience proves something conclusive about waldorf. Mijumom wrote, for example:
|I also think there are elements to it that can be unaccpetable and surprising to many.|
On the other hand, there are people like me, or Linda. Between the two of us we have well over 50 years worth of waldorf experience. I've seen a lot of bad stuff in waldorf schools. But I've always been able to put it in context. I know where the good comes from and I know where the bad comes from and I don't form conclusions from single experiences or even a pile up of experiences.
Every time someone makes a statement that waldorf is _______________ it is a slap in the face to someone like me with many years of experience in waldorf, who has dealt with people who were unhappy with it, with people who were delighted with it and with everything in between. It says that my years of experience and observation were useless and a waste of time. It says that I've been deceived and didn't notice (not to mention that I participated in deceiving others). It says that my daughter was messed up by her education and I didn't notice and she didn't notice (since she is now messing up her kids by putting them in a waldorf school). And all of my friends and acquaintances who think they had good experiences of waldorf were also deceived and confused.
The problem is, either waldorf, as a system, as an educational approach, occasionally messes up, sometimes hugely (as do we all), and the problems that occur are the results of such mess ups OR it is a sinister, nasty, deceptive, unhealthy, sneakily religious approach to educating children.
Personally, I don't think there is a middle ground or an innocuous way of explaining this disagreement.
So, that is my frustration.
If you think waldorf is sneaky, evil and sinister...say it outright...and if you think it doesn't work very well for many people...just say it...and if you hated it...just say it.
And then those of us who liked it can just say so too and we can go our separate ways.
And I have, in fact, considerable sympathy for people who have had bad experiences in and around waldorf schools and I know it can happen and I'm not denying that it happens. I just DON'T AGREE WITH some of THE EXPLANATIONS OF WHY IT HAPPENS.