Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: the Seacoast of Bohemia
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I think the problem at the school (with being helpful to working parents) arises because the teachers and staff at waldorf schools are almost always spread kind of thin. Top priority has to be the actual education, then comes keeping the school basically functional (paying the bills, keeping the building from falling down), unfortunately, taking care of the parents tends to fall too far down the list. You might consider trying to either start, or empower a parents association, and have it concentrate on trying to support the parents in their struggles. I'm speaking out of my 3 years actually working at a waldorf school. We were usually very overstretched and found ourselves sort of irritated sometimes with parents asking for more services, such as a summer camp. Who would run it? Figure out the finances? Take care of the legal requirements? Summer was the time for the teachers to work on next year's curriculum, for the administrative staff to sort out all the paperwork for the next year, for the building maintenance to get taken care of...
I don't really know what the solution is, but the current situation at most waldorf schools manages to be unfair to parents and teachers and administrators. Equal opportunity misery!