Orchard Valley Waldorf School Board of Directors
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Waldorf School Associations in English speaking countries - Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA) - Association of Steiner Waldorf Schools in the UK and Ireland - Rudolf Steiner Schools of Australia, an Association - Southern African Federation of Waldorf Schools - Waldorf School Association of Ontario
My name is Roger Rawlings. I attended a Waldorf school from second grade through high school. My mother was secretary to the headmaster at that Waldorf school. Because I was in the school for so long, and because I occasionally questioned the headmaster, I gained some insights into Waldorf schools' secret, occult agenda. More to the point, as an adult I have studied approximately one zillion books, booklets, and essays about Waldorf education and Rudolf Steiner's doctrines. (It feels like a zillion, anyway.)
Written by Bob Hale and Karen MacLean Last updated: 24 September, 2004 From Steiner Schools in Australia ( www.steiner-australia.org ) Philosophy Steiner schools have a unique and distinctive approach to educating children, aiming to enable each stage of growth to be fully and vividly enjoyed and experienced. They provide a balanced approach to the modern school curriculum.
Anthroposophy and Waldorf
The educational method that was eventually to be called “Waldorf education,” for the school was founded in response to the request of a group of workers in a cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany, and the method’s progenitor was the Austrian scientist, philosopher and social thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Waldorf education was born in the midst of social unrest and uncertainty not unlike that found in our own time. In the year 1919, Germany was awakening to the painful realities resulting from its defeat in World War I. All was in conflict; the Right battled the Left, workers struggled with their employers, and the younger generation refused to follow the impotent paternalism of the past.
Anthroposophy , a philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner , postulates the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world accessible to direct experience through inner development. More specifically, it aims to develop faculties of perceptive imagination, inspiration and intuition through cultivating a form of thinking independent of sensory experience, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] and to present the results thus derived in a manner subject to rational verification. In its investigations of the spiritual world, anthroposophy aims to attain the precision and clarity attained by the natural sciences in their investigations of the physical world. [ 1 ]
Introduction "Programs such as...Waldorf Schools offer small classes, individualized instruction, and flexible, child-centered curricula which can accommodate the child and do not demand that the child do all of the accommodating." — David Elkind AWSNA: The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America