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this is where we are headed.
we actually like and resonate with many aspects of anthroposophy, and waldorf school itself is designed to function as unschooling. what do i mean?
steiner was designing a school for factory, so that the workers would be able to school their children. he looked at many aspects of his philosophy, but he also looked at how families--before the modern era--lived. what he noted is that most children were "home schooled" and really just integrated into family life. in that way, they wree really "unschooled" insofar as there was no "classroom time" really in most homes--just a normal daily rhythm. children often learned to read on their own time, or were taught as part of family reading time--not strict educational standards. math as necessary, home ec, how to run a farm, so on and so forth. general living was learning.
you know, living is learning? --unschooling!
then, he noted that around age 14/15 or so, they would be apprenticed somewhere or take on more work at the farm or whatever. boys anyway. girls might also, but mstly boys. so, this was life. right? after a certain age, you become skilled, you have a job and income frm that.
waldorf was based on these ideas. the way schooling is formed in waldorf schools is to facilitate that process--unschooling in a school environment, in so much as it is possible.
that's my interpretation of the history of it anyway.
so, for em personally, the idea of rhythms and all of that---very important to everyone whether you are stiener or not. you know, "everyone loves the holidays." yeah. summer break, christmastime, etc. people love that.
anyway, i plan on letting hawk go his way (afterall, at 20 mo he already does), and yet we live in a very 'waldorf' style insofar as how i view his development, the rhythms in our lives, and so on. works for us.
Happy mama to L (Sept '06), R (Apr '08), R (Apr '10), and G (Mar '12)! - Homemade , Home birthed , Home schooled , Home grown
Julia, mom to lefthandedinarighthandworld.wordpress.com
what happened at my house was, *I* loved waldorfy things; ds1 loved legos that pretty much chucked my waldorf life I had imagined right out the window (not without much protest on my part!). I still have wool things, gnomes, natural objects, etc, but I had to make peace with buying them for *me* not my kids! that said, dd is more accepting of it, and who knows what ds2 will do... it was a good lesson for the control freak in me to learn to let go of my expectations and preconceived notions... a painful lesson I'm still working on, to be sure, but very useful in testing whether I was truly committed to unschooling