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i think that it all depends on your personality - are you a joiner or not? meaning, do you have to fully embrace to get anything out of a situation?...
for me it is a living philosophy and all things anthroposophical and waldorf for that matter can not only be based on what rudolf steiner said/wrote almost 100 years ago - who is to say what he would think of today and what opportunities have come... i think he would have evolved with the times and so does the movement.
it can be tricky, just do what feels right, which might also change with time :-))
I guess my question is...are most of you who send your children to Waldorf school followers of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner? What do you think of people who call things "waldorfy" and just want to buy wooden toys and paint their child's room peach and nothing else? Do you think you can do one without the other and still call yourself "waldorfy"? Before I started looking into I thought the toys, the art, the no TV, the spiritual relationship with nature, the no characters WERE Waldorf...nothing else. Now it seems to me these things are just some nice bits of a whole BIG something else.
Sort of a strange, very loose question I know...but for me this seems like something you gotta get ALL the way on board with or not at all. How did you all come to Waldorf? Did you learn about Steiner first or through the school or not at all? Do some of you do only bits and pieces or do you feel like the whole program is necessary? Is it something you even talk about, or do you feel it is personal, like religion?
And some good book suggestions would be great. I have Children at Play and Understanding Waldorf Education, but I am looking for some others as well.
Now that we're at a W. school I feel like the anthroposophy is so complementary and such not a big deal personally for us (I have to say that in the beginning my athiest dh and my buddhist self thought there would be a definite conflict attending a W. school specifically because of the anthrophosophy--one of my biggest quotes as a W. inspired hser was that we were doing W. inspired w/o the anthroposophy). I actually would prefer to be attending more Steiner study groups or eurythmy classes, and I do welcome the anthroposophy.
|Sort of a strange, very loose question I know...but for me this seems like something you gotta get ALL the way on board with or not at all.|
melamama, I have to just say you keep making me feel so much better about our transition from hs-ing to waldorf school; we're buddhist/atheist and have longed for a 'waldorf-without-anthroposophy' school for some time....
It eased a few of my fears but I have yet to see how this all looks in the school setting. Our particular school has a reputation for being pretty heavy on the anthroposophy and somewhat "dogmatic". Well just have to just see how it goes.
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