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#1 of 54 Old 01-10-2011, 09:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone,

 

DD attended a Waldorf preschool and it was a wonderful match for her. So much so that I am seriously considering committing to Waldorf private school. I finally embarked on researching criticisms of Waldorf and wow, what a long list. I would really love to hear from other families who've attended a Waldorf school. Some of the criticisms range from: 1) anthropomorphy is a cult; 2) real science is not taught (the heart doesn't pump blood); 3) religious/ dogmatic (everything from pagan to Christian to sun worshippers); 4) racist (levels of people) and swastika references; etc. 

 

I began reading the criticisms with the intention of having an open mind. After all, not everyone will appreciate Waldorf education. Several of the criticisms are extreme and outlandish so I can dismiss those readily enough, others prompted me to seek the wisdom of the experience of others here on MDC.

 

Many thanks in advance!

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Hi,

 

We haven't finished the research process yet either but a steiner school is top of our list of potential schools at the moment.

 

I have read many of the same criticisms and have many of the same concerns. What seems to be the case in Australia is that all these issues seem to be almost completely dependant on the staff of the individual schools.

 

Our plan is to take a list of very specific questions with us when we have a meeting with our local school's Head of College. We also plan to talk to some current/past parents.


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There is a very long thread here:  http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/683104/life-after-waldorf-a-support-group  that details lots of MDC mamas' difficulties and problems with Waldorf education.

 

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I think you need to pick out specific issues like one poster said and bring them to the school and talk to parents. The school should be used to some of the questions and can guide you in trying to find the answers you need, I would think. 

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While Waldorf has many consistencies across Waldorf schools (ie-exact curriculum from 1-12g, same home life expectations-no media/screens) schools vary tremendously, and within schools I think you have to go on a teacher by teacher basis.

 

I've read the mama support thread, and recommend it, there is a lot of wisdom there.  Also cautionary tales.  If something feels wrong to you or if your child is saying something is wrong, don't discount that.

 

That said, I am a Waldorf parent of a 5th grader (and 1st and K).  We were Waldorf/Enki hsers, then had the opportunity to move to a W. school in a part of the country that we wanted to be.  

 

First, the anthrosposphy--it was such a bigger deal to me when we were hsing.  Lessening the influence, or researching my place to it, etc. etc.  Now that we're in the school, it's not a big deal.  Not a cult.  There are anthroposophists at the school (obviously), teachers and parents but in no way are we under any pressure in any way with regard to what we believe.  I appreciate that my dd's class teacher has the spiritual grounding that she has.  I love that my kids are at a school that gives an awareness that there is a spiritual world.  I do not feel like it is dogmatic at our school.  Yes, festival life is important, yes the festivals straddle some "other" ground between Christian and pagan, but for us it's not a big deal.  I give them my Buddhist world view, and there are families of every other religion at the school.  

I do think you do need to go to your school's enrichment offerings so you can understand what is going on, and how they apply Steiner, and anthroposophy.  Waldorf schools are rigid, they do the things that they do, and it's better to invest the time to learn as much as you can about the philosophy and your particular school's Waldorf culture.

 

The racist/nazi stuff I have only come across on the plans site or secondhand from a board.  Again I think this depends on what is going on at your school.  I really don't think contemporary anthroposophists see anything to gain from those Steiner quotes.  I know that none of that is going on at our school, and we don't have any "old guard" that would retain those kinds of views.  Their entire third grade year is an immersion in Old testament and Jewish festival life, and it is such a rich respectful year.

 

I can't really address the "real science isn't taught thing".  I know my dd will start elements of physics next year.  Up until then it has been more Goethean observation of the natural world.  I do know several irl scientists that advocate the Waldorf approach from the perspective of "imagination is more important that knowledge".  This is another piece that you have to look at and define your comfort level --I go to the offerings that our hs has, and it certainly looks like those kids are getting science (the machines they build, their drawings, the content of their main lesson books), they are also taking standardized tests and getting in to colleges.

 

Like mentioned above, go on the tour, ask lots of questions, and find current parents at the school and get their take on things.

We love our school, but if our oldest had had a teacher on either side (up or down a grade), I don't think she would have had such a good fit, and I probably would have pulled her and hs'd her again.  That is another thing you might not be aware of---they stay with their class teacher from 1st to 5th (or 8th) Grade.

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I agree with all the PPs who have said to go to the school itself, see how you feel, and ask questions.

The school ds goes to has some "old guard" anthroposophists and lots of people like DH and me who find a lot of value in the Waldorf approach to education but are hardly steeped in anthroposophy! There is nothing cult-like at all about our school. There is a great deal of diversity but also a nice sense of community. There is absolutely nothing racist going on in our school and, in fact, it is far more diverse ethnically/racially and economically (class) than the traditional school DS used to attend. I think the Steiner quotes (which I've read too) are often used to paint all of Waldorf with a one big bad brush. While I don't doubt that, in the past, some very dogmatic people may have held (and taught!) these views, that is certainly not the case now. (I come from a Jewish family, so I'm particularly sensitive to this)

I can speak to some of the science stuff as DS is in Class 2 (2nd grade) so we're not really there yet. Plus, we're in Europe, so the curriculum a school has to follow, no matter what its religious/philosophical approach, is relatively strictly-mandated, so I would be surprised if the science classes in the upper grades didn't have to teach that the heart pumps blood!

Basically, it all comes down to seeing the school itself and seeing what you think. Good luck!
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I agree that you have to distinguish Waldorf as an approach and any individual school, with its strengths and weaknesses, and its particular teachers, with their strengths and weaknesses. That said, the schools really do focus on the uniqueness of every individual child, while offering a very rich social experience - an, if not completely unique, pretty hard to find combination. (Montessori does the individual well, less the social; conventional schools focus on socialization, less on the individual.) The approach to science is definitely more historical, biographical, philosophical, observational and open-ended, rather than teaching today's theories as the be all and end all of all knowledge. That can mean that students may have less grounding in formulas and theories when they enter college. But the idea is that they can think for themselves and love to learn. Usually that's true.

 

We have plenty of friends who took their children out (or whose children took themselves out) of Waldorf at one point or another. For most of them it was a money issue. Others had social concerns of one kind or another. Most of the latter brought their children back (or, if the student made the decision her/himself, returned) - we meet ourselves everywhere we go, and Waldorf was actually a better place to work through issues than the other schools they tried.

 

I'm not only a parent - I'm a teacher, too. Both roles have been trying at times, but I've never met a community more willing to work through issues. What more can you want?

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I went to a Steiner school, so I have no notion what it would be like for someone coming to Steiner Education cold. I can really see why people can be strongly drawn to the Early Childhood education, it’s a no brainer I reckon much of the time. But then when you get to Class 1 and beyond, I can see that people might be cautious, especially with all that stuff out there on the internet. Some people really get carried away too! But some people do really have difficult times (as in other schools).

But what I can say is that my education was joyous, fulfilling, inspiring, and I learnt a lot - including science!!! – yes, at some stage I learnt that the heart pumps blood (can’t remember when that was)!!!!! And loads more. In fact Biology was one of my favourite subjects. The important thing is that the Steiner curriculum brings certain studies and experiences to the child when it is understood (through Steiner’s indications) that the child is ready for them. I also learnt to keep an open mind about the current theories, not to just take everything that was claimed to be true by the current scientific thinking. I thought I was desperate to leave at the end of year 10 to experience the “other side”, and nearly did, but am so glad I chose not to in the end. I do regret not having the opportunity to fulfil the full Steiner Curriculum (13 years). Some schools in Australia (admittedly very few) are now in the position to offer the full Steiner curriculum, but my school only got to that point a few years after I left. I would love to have done a major work and had the extra main lessons but the constraints of the State imposted curriculum didn't allow for that.

I would definitely back up those saying Anthroposophy is NOT a cult. It really isn’t. No fears on that front. Also not racist. And also not religious, but do take care of a little dogmatism splashed here and there (my experience). From my understanding, dogmatism is actually contrary to Anthroposophy, but people have a habit of getting stuck, don’t they? Or is it that they have a deep understanding of something which they feel passionate about? A bit murky isn’t it?

So yes, I again say go and talk to people with specific questions in mind and seriously consider what this style of education, and the school in particular, has to offer your family, but look at all levels, not just academic, and remember a lot of those things you see written by the critics just aren’t likely to feature in your journey, and keep an open mind. 

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I too read all of the criticism stuff on-line before my kids started in a Waldorf school.  Maybe it depends on the school, but I have NEVER had any of these bizarre experiences people discuss on-line.  Our school is welcoming, diverse, open-minded and offers a wonderful environment for my kids' social, emotional and intellectual development.

 

My advice is to spend as much time as possible in the school you are considering - parent-tot classes, public programs, classroom observation -- your "gut" should tell you if it's the right fit for your child and family.

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Aside from # 4, I did find all those warnings to be true about the waldorf school our kids attended. We have pulled out 3 of our 4 kids and the last child there will be switching at the end of this year. I don't have anything new to add. 


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I have heard "hidden agenda" brought up before, but no one ever says what it is.  What is the Waldorf hidden agenda?

 

I, personally, am not comfortable w/ Steiner's beliefs that all children should be doing the same things at the same time.  That development should be guided w/ a heavy hand by the adults & that certain accomplishments, if done at the "incorrect time", are detrimental.  DH and I want much more freedom than that for our children which is part of why neither of us is completely comfortable w/ Waldorf education for the grades.  Early childhood, oh my I LOVE IT!  Otherwise, we will stay mainly inspired as the children age.


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I'm not even quite sure how to explain the hidden agenda, hence the "hidden" part. It's even hidden from those who seek it unless you are somehow initiated with the proper knowledge. Steiner's esoteric stuff goes really deep. I have a general idea. That's what I didn't like. I only have a general idea of what they are trying to impart on my children and it's just as hidden from the children. 


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The "hidden agenda" is not hidden at all - it's stated clearly in every book ever written about Waldorf education, and there are quite a few out there. There is a deep conviction that each child has a unique, spiritual core; that the world is full of meaning; and that each of us is here, living on Earth, to accomplish significant tasks. It's a lot easier to be a Waldorf parent if you are comfortable with these ideas. We have families who are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and secular.

 

Child development is basic to education, and every school chooses when to introduce topics (that's the curriculum). The Waldorf curriculum is surely not perfect - I'm working on changing some aspects of it at my school - but its curriculum does largely follow modern theories of child development; I'm thinking of Piaget, especially. Again, if you want a school that ignores developmental psychology, there are plenty of opportunities out there.

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A huge plus of Steiner Education for me is the education towards freedom - perhaps this is part of the so-called hidden agenda, but the idea that each individual finds their own path, but they're not just given carte blanche to get there - there is freedom within the structure provided by the curriculum. The value of the child's Imagination and self expression, as nurtured and developed within the Steiner curriculum, cannot be underestimated. 

 

Schools are like living organisms and especially when they have the structure of many Steiner schools there is the possibility for them to become weak and diseased - so sometimes people don't work together very well, others they do. Parents and teachers have a chance to develop positively and work together. I have seen many examples where this works incredibly well, though there are always ups and downs. Each school should have policies on things like bullying, etc. - If you are concerned, ask to see the school's policies and then ask how each of these policies are followed through. If there is one in particular you are concerned about I would really check this out for peace of mind. 

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WOW! What incredibly thoughtful and meaningful replies.

 

With deep gratitude to you all for taking such time and care.


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I also read the horror stories on the Waldorf thread on MDC many years ago. Whew, they scared the crap out of me! :)

 

Of course, I have not encountered ANY of it at our school. I also know a few adult Waldorf alumni as well. They are happy, well-adjusted people (college grads to boot!).

 

Ditto the advice to visit a school, talk to parents, go to festivals and see for yourself - of course, all schools are different, but you may be pleasantly surprised...

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One way to assess a Waldorf education is to look at the graduates-

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/documents/Standing_Out-WGRII.pdf

 

I'm very grateful for the early years of Waldorf education that my dd received. We loved our school and participated in the fairs and festivals long after she was not enrolled any longer. I never understood the accusations of cult, but I did see many of the other Waldorf families in the waiting room of our osteopath, so maybe what is normal and true for us is cultish to others? The one thing I truly admire in the Waldorf graduates I have known is their ability to resist peer pressure and think for themselves.

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One way to assess a Waldorf education is to look at the graduates-

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/documents/Standing_Out-WGRII.pdf

 

I'm very grateful for the early years of Waldorf education that my dd received. We loved our school and participated in the fairs and festivals long after she was not enrolled any longer. I never understood the accusations of cult, but I did see many of the other Waldorf families in the waiting room of our osteopath, so maybe what is normal and true for us is cultish to others? The one thing I truly admire in the Waldorf graduates I have known is their ability to resist peer pressure and think for themselves.


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One way to assess a Waldorf education is to look at the graduates-

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/documents/Standing_Out-WGRII.pdf

 

I'm very grateful for the early years of Waldorf education that my dd received. We loved our school and participated in the fairs and festivals long after she was not enrolled any longer. I never understood the accusations of cult, but I did see many of the other Waldorf families in the waiting room of our osteopath, so maybe what is normal and true for us is cultish to others? The one thing I truly admire in the Waldorf graduates I have known is their ability to resist peer pressure and think for themselves.


I just want to say I LOVE your dolls!  Once my dd gets a little older and more "into" dolls I'll be getting her one!  :)



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I have a couple of thoughts. First, the 'cult,' comments. I've thought of this quite a lot over the years, because I believe I can understand one place, at least, where it comes from.  We joined a Waldorf school fairly early-on, but we did already have friends with children - both met after having kids and before.  Now we go to a Waldorf school. We do not want our children saturated with media. Many people work hard at this, or hard to get to this place. Now you get together and the kids are toting their PDAs, mini game-consoles, or at youngest - media-controlled play.  I'm not looking to try to convince anyone of our way of doing things, but it doesn't mean I want my children to be consumed by it either.  My little girl spends one afternoon with a cartoon/princess-obsessed group and guess what happens?  So, we get together less. Perhaps we treasure our friendships with the adult, and even the children...but it's less. There is less time available without the children around, etc. etc.  It is my opinion this is one way the 'cult' references get thrown around - those who are maybe left behind, confused and hurt by the loss of friends.  And frankly, I hesitate just to take my children to events or classes with kids outside of our community for just that reason.  We are just...wierd, in this society. I don't expect the society to bend to us, but I can choose the exposures my children get.

 

And the negativity and 'survivor' threads, etc. etc. I don't doubt that much of that is true...but poor schooling experiences happen everywhere. Shall we start a thread on our 'life after public school' experiences? I know I have a long list of doozies that affected me well beyond my youth. 

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For the OP, I just wanted to give you a possible reading resource. I accidentally found and then stayed up way past my bedtime the other night reading this thread from a few years ago.

It seemed to me to be very fair, even, and most importantly it avoided some of the negativity that can sometimes crop up in a thread about Waldorf criticism. The thread was started by a new Mama who was herself educated in a Waldorf school. She was trying to get at the heart of why there seems to be so much angst in families that leave Waldorf. One question is if this phenomena is somehow inherent to Waldorf for some reason.

I enjoyed the thoughtful discussion (I didn't quite read to the end....I need to do that!). Hope it helps you.

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"And the negativity and 'survivor' threads, etc. etc. I don't doubt that much of that is true...but poor schooling experiences happen everywhere. Shall we start a thread on our 'life after public school' experiences? I know I have a long list of doozies that affected me well beyond my youth."

Right! Or life after Catholic/religious school...

 

I think people people fall in love with Waldorf and when it doesnt work out, for whatever reason, they are heartbroken, mad, hurt, etc. There is such a strong community at most schools, you pay a lot of money, the fact that teachers stay with children so long - there are many reasons people leave...things can and do go wrong for individual children/families.

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Well, all that may be true.  But you don't see support groups for ex-Montessori families.  Or ex-progressive school families, etc etc.  There is really something about Waldorf that makes people feel that it isn't all "up front" from the get-go.

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Well, all that may be true.  But you don't see support groups for ex-Montessori families.  Or ex-progressive school families, etc etc.  There is really something about Waldorf that makes people feel that it isn't all "up front" from the get-go.


Maybe I should start one. The  Montessori experience can be a very painful one for some children and their families.

 

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We have two children in a Waldorf school.  One is doing exceptionally well, the other is not.  What we have learned is when the teacher is the right fit for the child and the family, the experience can be amazing.  When that fit is not there, it can be a nightmare.  Do your research and know that every Waldorf school and every teacher is different.  Ask lots of questions and be sure you feel it is right.  If you join the school, I would suggest participating in a Steiner study group or read some of Steiner's writings about education and children.  It helps with the understanding of the philosophy and their approach. 

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At this point, my only experience has been at the wonderful pre-school level.  We do intend to send our daughter to Grade 1 in 2012.  And for that reason, I have explored joining the board of our grade school.  The discussions I've had so far with board members have given me comfort.  At the end of the day, I agree with nlpmamma, and have said this for the past several years as we grow closer to Grade 1 - the only reason I can foresee us not continuing with Waldorf is because the fit with the teacher is not a good one.  In public school, you know there is an end to that bad fit at the end of the school year.  In Waldorf, that is not the case . . . but it's also the wonderful upside when the teacher/student fit is a good one.  Similarly, the school structure itself, and not the particular teacher, may not be one in which one of our children thrive and we are prepared for that possibility.


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I am reading this thread because I am really considering our local Waldorf school for my 4 year old daughter.  I am very drawn to the teaching style and the value placed on nature and the arts over worksheets and memorization.  That said, the underlying "spiritual" aspects do scare me a bit and I'm trying to learn more about it before enrolling her.  Also, I do hear many negative comments in regards to Waldorf from non-waldorfer people around me.  But I have had to remind myself of all of the other decisions we've made that go against the norm that I could care less what society says about it because my gut knows it is right for us.  Things like raw milk and not vaccinating. 


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We left our local Waldorf School at the end of last year after having been there for 6 years. It has been one of the most painful experiences in my life.  My children had both been there as toddlers and my daughter has never been to any other school.  We have lost our community and we are all hurting.

 

Although there are probably many fine Waldorf Schools out there and I still think that Steiner's philosophy presents one of the best education models out there, it took us 6 years to realise that it is very easy for a smoke and mirrors scenario to develop in a Waldorf school.

 

Because Waldorf sets itself up as this warm, nurturing environment where each child is view as a unique individual, when it then turns out that your child has been totally overlooked - well it is hard to deal with that kind of disillusionment.  We were always told that me son is doing absolutely fine, that there are no problems until the end of class 3.  The way that we were told that there was a problem, was a loose piece of paper included with his report at the end of that year - no meeting - no caring - no loving kindness. Just your child is reading at the level of a 6 year old and needs extra tuition - please organise it.

 

Well, it turned out that that my son's reading problem was just the tip of the ice-berg.  We a have a long holiday in December and I got involved teaching him that holiday. I soon realised that he could not even write his own second name and surname. In the end my son was diagnosed with severe learning disabilities and is now at a remedial school.

 

Although it is by no means the Waldorf school's fault that my son is LD, we had been there for so long and the fact that nobody noticed, nobody bothered to really pay attention to my child - that hurts.

 

Our story has a rather bizarre ending as well. With my son going off to remedial school, it became very difficult to keep my daughter, who is 2 years younger, at the Waldorf school. Moving her to another school at the end of class 2, proved to be nearly impossible - the remedial school would not take her because she is not LD and the mainstream schools would not take her as she is so far behind her peers.

 

We decided to home school her.

 

I just wanted to leave the school on amicable terms.  We had been there for a long time and I wanted our family to take the good away with us.  But my daughter's teacher had other intentions - she organised a very Waldorf style end-of-year ceremony for the class and then proceeded to publicly attack me and my daughter - so much for us to leave and take the good with us....

 

I realise that people, whether they are associated with a Waldorf school or not, at times, behave abysmally - but what I would like to achieve by telling our story is that if you are considering a Waldorf school for your kids - do so with your eyes wide open ( as you should do with any school). Just because people are "Waldorf teachers" and all nice and warm and fuzzy does not mean that they are not as full of crap as the rest of us ....

 

- If your kid's teacher can not tell you where your child is academically - it is time to leave the school.

 

- Do you intend staying with Waldorf for the whole of primary school and if there is a possibility of you having to move to another school.  What if things just go wrong the way it did for our family - what would be your back-up plan?  (Until the middle of last year we had never even looked at any other schools in the city that we live in.)

 

- Our biggest mistake was that we out sourced our children's education to the Waldorf school. Some of my friends at Waldorf have been told "the reading fairy will come"  - a child like my son would never lean to read and spell in a class of 30 noisy children. What we have learnt, and it has been a very hard lesson, is that at the end of the day, we as the parents are ultimately responsible for our children's' education. If you have any doubts, act on them especially in the Waldorf environment.

 

The following article on the parent teacher relationship in a Waldorf school could be helpful. Also Eugene Schwartz has quite a few good articles on his site www.millennialchild.com .

 

If I were able to find a Waldorf school that did Waldorf the proper way, I would go back tomorrow. Unfortunately, like Eve in the garden of Eden, I have now eaten from the tree of home school knowledge ... I don't think we will ever be able to go back, my standards for my children's education have just sky rocketed in the last few months. But that is a whole dissertation for another time ...

 

Hope this post is helpful.

Blessings to all

 

 

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I have a 9th grader and a 7th grader both of whom started in Waldorf Kindergarten at age 4.  My ds is loving Waldorf HS.  It is so completely different than grades 1 - 8 or Kindergarten.  I have never had any of your concerns come up in our 10 plus years at Waldorf.  Usually if there is a problem, it is social problem or a teacher problem.  We have been fortunate to have not experienced either.  Friends of ours who have, have moved their kids to a different Waldorf school (we have 3 within 15 miles of each other) and found the new class/ new school to work for them.  Most have one kid at one school and the other at a different Waldorf school.

 

 

I should add though, that like any school, you need to know your child and trust your instincts and watch over your child.  I think sometimes people become so enamoured with Waldorf that they set themselves up for disappointment.  You are still dealing with human beings and all their faults.  Sometimes they don't live up to your expectations.

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I have a 9th grader and a 7th grader both of whom started in Waldorf Kindergarten at age 4.  My ds is loving Waldorf HS.  It is so completely different than grades 1 - 8 or Kindergarten.  I have never had any of your concerns come up in our 10 plus years at Waldorf.  Usually if there is a problem, it is social problem or a teacher problem.  We have been fortunate to have not experienced either.  Friends of ours who have, have moved their kids to a different Waldorf school (we have 3 within 15 miles of each other) and found the new class/ new school to work for them.  Most have one kid at one school and the other at a different Waldorf school.

 

 

I should add though, that like any school, you need to know your child and trust your instincts and watch over your child.  I think sometimes people become so enamoured with Waldorf that they set themselves up for disappointment.  You are still dealing with human beings and all their faults.  Sometimes they don't live up to your expectations.



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