educational philosophy

Waldorf Education is a model for experiential learning, as children learn best by doing. The methods of a Waldorf school derive from a pedagogical model that recognizes the specific developmental stages of the child. The Waldorf philosophy views education as an art, so each subject—be it arithmetic, biology, or English—is presented in a living way that speaks to the child’s developmental stage. Each subject is presented through direct experience and is usually augmented with art, poetry, music, and movement. The teacher’s aim is to draw out the children’s inherent capacities by creating an atmosphere in the classroom that fills the children with interest, wonder, and enthusiasm.

Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 for the children of the workers at the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Factory, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. 

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New York Times article about Waldorf education in Silicone Valley