What is Waldorf education? Usually this is a question we answer by describing its origins (how Waldorf schooling began) and underlying philosophy (Rudolph Steiner’s anthroposophical system). But how can we explain Waldorf education to a parent who (at least initially) cares primarily about what it means for his or her child’s experience?
Join cultural anthropologists Ira Bashkow (Waldorf dad of 12 years) and Frank Bechter (Waldorf uncle of 7 years) for a discussion of what is distinctive about the child-centered and “holistic” approach of Waldorf schooling.
Since human beings approach the world largely on the basis of habits they’ve acquired — habits of seeing, habits of self-conceptualization, habits of interaction and engagement — what type of education actually prepares them for the possibilities and challenges of the evolving world as we would hope?