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Steiner Talk part 2.

First of all, I would love to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Jeremy Smith, Communications Officer for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, who kindly left a comment in my previous post on the name of Steiner’s schools:

The first ever Steiner school opened in Stuttgart in 1919, and was started for the benefit of the children of workers and directors at the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Company. Ever since then, and particularly in the USA, these schools have been known as Waldorf schools. In the UK, it has been more common to refer to the schools as Steiner schools, although the curriculum is usually called the Waldorf curriculum. That’s why we try to avoid confusion by putting both names together and calling the schools “Steiner Waldorf”.

And a little bit more on Steiner Waldorf schools’ organization which I gather from the EYE magazine. The school’s education responsibility is shared by all staff, without a hierarchy or headteacher. The teachers, workers and parents form the management committee, which truly reflects the social and democratic processes related to Steiner’s education principles.

Remarkable and fascinating and with works with success, yet, why are there countries in dire need of this kind of system refuse to embrace and celebrate these principles?


December 13, 2008 - Posted by | Steiner Talk | ,

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