Re: DSM: in defense of Waldorf

From: Marko Koskinen (
Date: Mon Apr 09 2001 - 13:58:46 EDT

Thank you Emma for correcting me. My experience with Waldorf schools is
very limited, so I assume you know better than me. I also agree with you
that people should prefere Waldorf schools to public schools. Waldorf
schools at least have quite clear philosophy, while public schools have


Emma Jones wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I would just like to put in a word in defense of Waldorf School. I
> attended a Waldorf school from first through eighth grade and
> absolutely loved it. It is not a Sudbury school, and now looking back
> on it I can see how they could be inflexible in regard to their
> philisophy, but it was a wonderful place to grow and learn. I would
> disagree with Marko on the point that they are trying to indoctrinate
> the children to be humanists. They exposet you to a lot of different
> ideas and philosophies, but you are certainly free to disagree. I never
> once in all my years at Waldorf heard a teacher tell me anything that
> Rudolf Steiner said. He is not mentioned and is certainly not a
> figurehead. I would say that Waldorf gives children more freedom than
> public schools just becasue they respect children as human beings and
> let them talk to each other, eat lunch outside and live. I just
> completed a five week internship in a public school (I am pursuing a
> degree in education) and the lack of freedon just for simple things,
> like to go to the bathroom, really scared me. No, Waldorf does not have
> the same freedom as a Sudbury Model School ,but I experienced it as
> wonderful and life affirming and I am very grateful that I had the
> opportunity to go there. Do not hesitate to send your children to
> Waldorf if public school is the only other option, of course you could
> always start a Sudbury School, we need more of them.
> Just wanted to defend my wonderful schooling,
> Emma

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