RE: [steiner] Waldorf Schools, a cult?
- i too thank you for the post, and agree about the
robotic intent of the public rubric. i am
contemplating a waldorf education for my son, i
believe there's a school in chapel hill, but that's 2
hours away, so i might contact them about home
schooling using their curriculum, here in north
--- Kathy Landes <katmoon@...> wrote:
> As a college student majoring in education, I see<http://groups.yahoo.com/gads?t=ms&k=Rudolf+steiner+college&w1=Rudolf+st
> that teachers must
> take on a parental role with their class. In
> addition to teaching, a
> teacher must be a role model and teach good morals.
> I love the idea of a
> blessing before and after class. What a perfect way
> to set the intention
> for the day.
> Cult like activity to me is when kids, who are
> educated in public
> schools, are dumb down to a state of being like a
> robot. They spend
> their day doing tons of worksheets. They don't even
> know how to use a
> textbook, nevertheless do any critical thinking.
> History books are
> written to teach what politicians want children to
> believe, not always
> the whole facts. The saddest part is that by the
> time they get to high
> school, these kids lose their sense of wonder. Many
> of them are brain
> dead and don't care. They medicate themselves with
> video games.
> I really like the approach to alternative education
> such as Waldorf
> because it aims at teaching the whole person, the
> body mind and spirit.
> If this is a cult, I say bring in it on!
> PS. I am also a tutor for the AVID program.
> Thank you Mathew for a wonderful and thought
> provoking post! :-)
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> Today I browsed through some of the Web sites that
> are highly
> critical of Waldorf schools. I even entered a few
> chat rooms, and
> spent some time reading their anti-Steiner posts.
> It was
> fascinating, quite frankly. Many of them were
> convinced that Waldorf
> schools were cults, a concept that both intrigued me
> and humored me,
> considering the fact that I once belonged to a cult.
> This a topic of
> special interest in my heart.
> Apparently Rudolph Steiner designed the Waldorf
> method of education
> to include a short blessing/prayer at the start of
> each day, and this
> prayer---however harmless it seems to me---draws
> considerable ire
> from Waldorf critics (in Europe especially). In
> fact, prayer in
> school is a hot-button topic in more than one
> anti-Steiner discussion
> forum that I visited. Waldorf critics go so far as
> to brand Waldorf
> schools as cults because they involve spiritual
> The Birmingham News article reads, "The children's
> day ends much the
> same way as it begins. They gather in a candlelit
> room and sit in a
> circle on an Oriental rug. Holding hands they recite
> blessing/prayer): `Help us to do the things we
> should and be to
> others kind and good. Blessings on our day," [my
> To me a "blessing" is not cult-like activity. To me
> it's beautiful---
> even charming. We don't have to interpret the Bible
> and "pray in closets" as Christians must in
> oppressive Stalinist
> regimes. We can experience spirituality
> individually and as a
> collective. That is our birthright.
> Mathew Morrell
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