Tilda Swinton, Steiner school parent:
"I think the Steiner school is a place where a child can learn real self sufficiency, and an ability and encouragement to think for themselves. I wish I had gone to a Steiner school"
Welcome to Waldorf Answers!
are quite a few web sites on the internet that deal with Waldorf or Steiner education.
Usually they are sites for a specific Waldorf school or an association
of Waldorf schools.
site is different. It is a private site, intending to provide answers about
Waldorf education, in depth, that parents and prospective parents may have,
and to clear up some of the misconceptions that may exist about Waldorf
education. Our intention is to provide a straightforward presentation of
the facts about Waldorf education.
or Rudolf Steiner education is a unique form of education from preschool
through high school, which is based on the view that the human being is
a being of body, soul and spirit. The specific methods used in Waldorf
schools come from the view that the child develops through a number of
basic stages from childhood to adulthood. The Waldorf curriculum is specifically
designed to work with the child through these stages of development.
education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the beginning
of the 20th century. It is based on Steiner's broader philosophy and teachings,
called anthroposophy (literally, wisdom or knowledge of man).
holds that the human being is fundamentally a spiritual being and that
all human beings deserve respect as the embodiment of their spiritual nature.
This view is carried into Waldorf education as striving to develop in each
child their innate talents and abilities. Waldorf schools operate in a
non-discriminatory way, without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion
or national origin.
of the ideas in Waldorf education and anthroposophy are complex and require
a degree of good will on the part of the reader to grasp. However, they
form a coherent whole and Waldorf education, as documented by numerous
studies and personal experiences, works well when done properly.
site describes Waldorf education as practiced at schools consciously working
out of an anthroposophical understanding and view of man.
are also private and public schools which to varying degrees use "Waldorf
methods". While Waldorf methods constitute selected aspects of the Waldorf
curriculum and pedagogy, the teachers and administrators at such Waldorf
methods or Waldorf inspired schools do not necessarily work out of a conscious
or specifically anthroposophical view and understanding of the soul and
spiritual nature of man. This distinction is discussed further in a separate
section at this site.
the Waldorf movement is one of the fastest growing independent school movements
in the world. Currently there are around 1,000 Waldorf schools world wide.
you are a parent or prospective parent of a Waldorf school, we hope this
site will provide you the background and answers to your questions, presenting
the ideas of Waldorf and anthroposophy so that you are fully informed about
the education you may choose for your children.
also hope this site will provide basic information for anyone who may be
interested in Waldorf education and its relation to anthroposophy as its
you think something is unclear and difficult to understand on the site,
or have suggestions for improving it, please feel free to write
to us about it.