Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ashland, Oregon
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I think that it's great that you are offering your son such a multi-cultural education! This being such a diverse world, one that is getting smaller every day. I was raised in Europe, speak french and German, some spanish (lived in spain too). When I came to the US, I received a tremoundous amount of prejudice from peers my age. It was an awful feeling. One thing good that came out of it, was that I now really know what it feels to be discriminated against (besides being a woman in a basically patriarchal/sexist culture).
My children have been to Europe to visit family, and hear alot of german and french through stories and songs. Did you know that according to Waldorf educational philosophy, that one should first teach the mother tongue to a child, and after age 4, introduce other languages? This they feel, creates a firm foundation, one of identity. Maybe that's why I am so confused! No truly, I still do come up with funny idioms, mispellings, etc.., But it kind of makes part of my character..
As much as I like the Waldorf educational model (even considering teaching german someday), sometimes I wish that I could just go back to the land, live simply, be part of a community, share a community garden, fell connected to the earth, and educate out of that. I am feeling that so strongly right now, In my heart I know that my children would be happy.
I guess that I feel overwhelmed sometimes by this culture, the pace, the politics, etc.., that I want to go in that direction. But then I question my ability to do this, I am such a culture- snob! I love all the offerings available in a Waldorf school for a child. My children love to take things in. My son (5 years old), is incredibly incredibly bright. My daughter as well (although she is more body-intelligent at this time, 2 1/2 years old). He loves to learn, and he loves nature. I need to find a middle ground, I feel.
Part of all the confusion, I'm sure comes from the fact that their dad (he's Italian descent), and I are splitting up. Not the kind of picture that I imagined for myself and the children.
I hear your challenge regarding changing your sons school, especially if he likes it. Change can be hard for kids. Especially after a move.
Revmother; I had actually heard that regarding Hitler & Waldorf! Thanks for posting that. Somehow some people get a feeling that Steiner was questionable regarding his politics. I do know that he was Euro-centric and a product of his times, no matter his 'enlightened' brilliance', but that view/ educational model can be expanded in this time, don't you think? A great point about thinking! It's true, so say many professors say when they have a Waldorf student come to college; that they can think! And that they have a love of learning. Something that is majorily wrong with the general ways of educating. Wondering how old are your kids, and are they in a Waldorf school?