Waldorf/Steiner

From Montessori Album

Highlights

  • Pretty classrooms with lots of natural materials
  • Art is incorporated in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Based on the quasi-religious ideas of Rudolph Steiner including reincarnation and astrology
  • Beginning reading (ABC's) not started until first grade based on the idea that the child's spirit hasn't finished incarnating in the child's body before then
  • Left-handed children are often made to use their right hand instead
  • Children are not taught to distinguish between fantasy and reality (fairy tales and mythology taught in place of history)
  • Weird racist writings by founder

Articles

Why are Steiner schools so controversial? - BBC article - 2014
Steiner schools have some questionable lessons for today's children - Independent - 2016
Ten Things You Should Know About Waldorf/Steiner Schools - Quackometer - 2016
A Montessori student teacher's account of a Waldorf School - Montessori Answers