Friday, February 27

the demise of Waldorf Schools





Waldorf Schools mean very well, but they are presently in a constant battle of survival. Being the largest world wide entity of private education globaly, surpassing Montessori and such educational streams, it is a burden, if not challenge, to stay true to their initial cause.

... more to follow on this subject, too tired tonight, will go to bed and catch up in the following days and will elaborate on this issue when "fully there". Just came back from California yesterday, so you will have to excuse my jet-lag...

Pictures are gardening projects for middle-school students and a straw-bail house building that houses both gardening and clay-modeling/woodcarving programs in the East Bay Waldorf School. While I was there I designed a logo and started to carve a street sign with such, a start - but it has to be finished by the resident woodwork teacher John, carved meticulously and placed at the entrance. OK, more later.

9 comments:

Aggie said...

Looks intriguing and sounds a shame if they are going to close them.

gfid said...

can't wait to hear more about your time in Calif.... i have a particular fascination with straw bale construction. i know it's used in Calif for its un-flamable-ness (when built right) we're considering a straw bale home for our next HFH build in 2010, for other reasons, to do with economy and environmental stewardship, and insulation against the cold. there's an old (about 40 yrs old, i think) straw bale country church near here. my aunt attends it.

jozien said...

Wonderful Zee.
In Holland they call it the Vrije school, Free school as in free spirited, i suppose.

Cym said...

Hi Zee. Not really relevant to your post here, but I found this video (satire) that I thought that maybe you and your readers may appreciate: FKN Newz - Laughing all the way from the bank. It's about 7 minutes long, and totally worth watching in my opinion.

Will check back later to read your elaborations.

Seraphine said...

schools are having a rough time. i guess everyone is. but it's sad because children are our future, and they *have* to be smarter than us.
oh please god.

david said...

I'm interested in hearing the whole thought on this... I don't know that waldorf schools are any worse off than any other unendowed private schools of similar size...

Seraphine said...

i think the schools i attended were unendowed too.
ohhh! you were talking about public support? nevermind.

Zee said...

Thank you all for your comments. I'll put up a second post to clarify some of the issues...
Yes Cym, the video was hilarious. Too bad that this comedian points are actually dead serious!

Gary said...

Thanks Zee - look forward to more on this. My kids went to Waldorf from Kindergarten to Grade 9 and Anna, who is the woman in my life, is a Waldorf grad. With all its struggles, it's an amazing education I think.

My brother is a Waldorf teacher by the way (and his partner too).

http://www.nelsonwaldorf.org/