Frequently Asked Questions
Waldorf Education is the fastest growing global educational movement. Because Waldorf is so unique, there are many fascinating questions. Here are some of the most often asked:
- What is unique about Waldorf education? How is it different from other alternatives (public schooling, Montessori, unschooling, etc.)?
- How did Waldorf education get started?
- Who was Rudolf Steiner?
- How many Waldorf schools are there?
- What is the philospophy behind Waldorf?
- What is anthroposophy?
- What is eurythmy?
- Why should I send my child to a Waldorf school?
- How is reading taught in a Waldorf school?
- Why do Waldorf students wait until 2nd Grade to begin learning to read?
- Why is so much emphasis placed on festivals and ceremonies?
- Why do Waldorf schools discourage TV watching?
- What is the annual tuition of a Waldorf School?
- What kind of training do Waldorf teachers have?
- Why do Waldorf students stay with the same teacher for eight years?
- How are personality conflicts resolved between students and teachers handled?
- Are Waldorf schools religious?
- How do Waldorf children fare when they transfer to “regular” schools? Is it true that once you start Waldorf schooling it is difficult to “make it” in public schools?
- How does Waldorf deal with kids that don’t get it academically?
- How well do Waldorf graduates do on standard tests? How well do Waldorf high school graduates do in college?
- Is Waldorf education relevant to Special Needs children?
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