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posted 09-25-2000 11:30 AM **
I have a problem with a few of the aspects of the Waldorf method of educating children.
One thing that bugs me is the philosophy that children ubder the age of seven shouldn't be taught how to read, write, work with numbers or do any physical 'grown-up' activites (such as washing dishes, sweping, etc.). The reason (according to the Waldorf method) being that
these children are still adjusting to being on earth. They are angels and any hard work would be damaging to their spirits.
The reason I have a problem with this aspect of the Waldorf method is because it seems awfully silly. Research has shown that from birth, babies are taking in all the stimulation the world offers via their senses. There are periods within a child's life when one of their senses are more suseptable to absorbing information, this is known as sesitive periods.
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