Jerusalem Post 2/8/2002
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Adam high on Steiner
Jerusalem Post; 2/8/2002; Barry Davis
Headline: Adam high on Steiner
Byline: Barry Davis
Edition; In Jerusalem
Friday, February 8, 2002 -- When the head of the Waldorf-Astoria industrial
plant in Stuttgart, Germany, asked Rudolf Steiner to set up a school for the
children of the plant's employees at the beginning of the twentieth century,
little did he imagine how his idea would take on a life of its own.
A century or so later there are over 300 schools around the world based on
the principles of the Steiner approach to education. In Israel, there are three
Steiner (otherwise known as "Waldorf" or "anthroposophic") schools and over a
Earlier this week a decision was made to open a high school in Jerusalem,
allowing local students a full 12 years of anthroposophic school education.
The Adam school was established as a Steiner primary school in Jerusalem
almost nine years ago. It began as an experimental educational framework with no
funding from the authorities. During its brief life it has occupied five
different premises. Three years ago it moved to its current site on Emek Refaim
Street, provided by the Jerusalem Municipality, where it plans to remain. Like the
other Israeli Steiner schools, in Tivon and Harduf in the Galilee, Adam is
now recognized by the Ministry of Education and qualifies for state funding.
As the years passed the Adam school naturally grew, new grades joined the
initial group of students, and currently around 230 students attend. Two years
ago a junior high school was established.
Elya Reznik, arts and crafts teacher, school spokesperson and mother of two
children at the school, says the decision to open the high school was not an
easy one, but it was important to allow ninth grade students to continue their
education in the same framework. "We have been planning the high school for a
year and a half. We wanted to keep the students at the school and not arrive at
a situation whereby this year's ninth graders would leave Adam for a year and
return the following year - if at all - if we delayed opening the high
school. Continuity is very important."
When anthroposophic education first came to Jerusalem, that continuity was
missing. The first kindergarten was opened 18 years ago and it took quite a
while before a primary school was organized. "It's not easy to establish a new
school, particularly when the approach is considered 'experimentalâ'" Reznik
Tenth to twelfth grade Adam students will study all the standard subjects,
including a wide range of sciences, arts and languages - primarily English and
Arabic - and will take bagrut examinations. True to its holistic philosophy,
Reznik says the high school students will also maintain a relatively high degree
of community involvement.
"We feel it is important for students to be active outside the school too,"
Keywords: Education. School. Rudolf Steiner.
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