This is my first ever MDC post.
I have read this entire thread, and the one that came before it. I'm now concerned about choosing a Waldorf-Inspired public charter school for my 5 year-old child (starting K next fall). All of the other local public schools that might be options currently have very long waiting lists, so we will be going to the Waldorf charter for at least K. My friends think I am crazy for even questioning the school, as it is really, really hard to get into, but they have not read your experiences! I was horrified at how similar some of your stories are, and can’t just chalk it up to one or two “bad Waldorfs”.I was going to post this in the Waldorf forum, but realized I am looking for the opinions of those who sub to this thread. If my post isn’t appropriate for the thread, I apologize.
I am wondering if you think any of the following things would have prevented or lessened the problems/issues with Waldorf as discussed on this thread?
-This is a public school and all teachers must be credentialed by my state (which has rigid requirements). They also all have Waldorf teacher training.
-Many of the teachers have taught only in public schools for their entire teaching career.
-The school is not a member of AWSNA.
-When I asked the K teachers about Steiner/Anthroposophy/Dogma, I was told that they are “of the opinion that all
Waldorf schools should be "Waldorf inspired", not being dogmatic, but rather taking the inspiration of Rudolf Steiner and applying it the best way they can”.
-This particular school does want to be guided by Stiener’s principles and find deeper meaning in how to apply them to today’s families. However, they recognize that Steiner was from the early 1900s, and that families now have different challenges.
-There is a devoted Special Education teacher and a Resource teacher on staff.
-The school has to follow district-wide policies on safety/ behavior/ supervision on the playground.
-The staff stays out of children’s conflicts “initially”, teachers say they pay attention and get involved when there is a potential for injury. I did observe a child being sent to the office for dangerous behavior on the playground.
I’m also wondering what other questions I should ask of the school. The fact that the upper grades have do an Eurythmy teacher is a bit of a red flag for me. I am going into this hopeful, but with eyes wide open. Again, if this is the wrong place for this kind of question, I am sorry!