Educational Philosophies: Waldorf

Developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1900’s, Waldorf education is an odd ball of educational philosophies.  It is a secular philosophy, unlike Charlotte Mason or Classical Education, which are based on Christian philosophy.  Ironically, it is frequently attacked for being a “new age” or “spiritualist” form of education because of its focus on whole-person education and inclusion of festivals and quiet times into the curriculum. Despite objections from anti-religious activists, Waldorf education continues to be a popular method of alternative education that is appropriate for students of all religious sentiments.
Thankfully, unlike many philosophies, Waldorf educational materials frequently address the needs of high-school aged students.  A few simple ways to infuse Waldorf mentalities into your education include:
-Stepping away from the computer.  Take a break the hyper-stimulation of television and computer screens.  Go for a walk in the woods one afternoon and work up to a complete sabbatical from the screen.
-Taking notes.  Waldorf students create notebooks for each of their subjects, filling them with notes, diagrams, and drawings.  Group your notebooks however it feels natural for you:  you may fill an “Unschooling English” notebook and an “AP Biology” notebook at the same time.
-Moving.  Waldorf schools may be most famous for encouraging circus arts and dance.  Many psychologists agree that adding jazz dance, krav maga lessons, or a daily run to your schedule can help you learn more effectively.

By Renee