We are so proud to be part of this new school and are grateful our family has a different choice for our children's education. We are also extremely grateful that we have found a community of like minded individuals. Well done Neah!
As a parent of a child who will be entering kindergarten next year, I've done my fair share of homework on Waldorf education methods, as well and the Anthroposophical approach that some of the private Waldorf Schools use. I found that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the first Waldorf school, was also a philosopher. Some PRIVATE Waldorf schools very much incorporate his philosophical viewpoints into their curriculum. As a public Waldorf school, this will absolutely not happen. There was actually a case in California where a parent was convinced separation of church and state was not being upheld at his local Waldorf Charter school, and he filed a lawsuit and created a group called PLANS. He lost his suit. This man argued that witchcraft was being taught to his child, and Christian literature was being passed around the school. More on that here: http://www.waldorfanswers.com/Lawsuit.html
It is true that many Waldorf schools use stories from the Old Testament, the Koran, and Buddhist teachings in some of their History lessons, but do not present the stories as fact, rather as a point of understanding people from different times. The courts recognized this.
If you are looking for a school where gardening and wellness are a main focus, your child's teacher will genuinely care about their emotional well-being, and that music, storytelling, art, movement, and cooking are integrated into Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic to give a richer and more full understanding of subjects, this is the school for you. Subjects are presented in a way that anyone can get excited about, and are presented in a variety of ways so children with different learning styles are all given a chance to learn in their own way. I, for one, will be sending both of my children to Mountain Song. I think a Waldorf School in Colorado Springs has been a long time coming, and I cannot wait to get my children started on this new adventure in learning!
For more info on what Waldorf is REALLY all about, check this out: http://youtu.be/tZmAX5adCl0
Siggie, you must think I am clairvoyant, if you think I spent "an entire week" working on a response to your "brilliant" comment, considering your post is not yet 12 hours old. Wow, indeed!
Poor siggie, can't count, can't tell time, can't read a calendar, but tells everyone else how to live and what to think!
Raichlen is a BBQ hack wannabe. Notice how much of his tutorials and pictures are using the technique of "grilling" and not true "bbqing". The outrageous price ($1996, really?) to attend his BBQ University is laughable. I would certainly pay that amount, and more, to learn from a true World Champion BBQ pitmaster such as Chris Lilly, Myron Mixon, Ray Lampe, or Johnny Trigg as they would teach the true art of low and slow BBQing methods and techniques. Raichlen mostly teaches grilling. If you watch his old show "Primal Grill" it does have a nice appeal to it, but he often does not reveal cooking temperatures or times. Just the end resuslts. It is a flashy show but not very informative. I'm sure the weekend event is fun as you get to hob-knob around with Raichlen, but call it what it is, "Grillin University" for $2K. Thanks, but no thanks.
Good letter(s) Barb. Give 'em hell. If you frequent the Indy, you already know that the columnists only care about furthering their political agendas and will slant what they write to that end. (I know, they all do it. However, the Indy is particularly partisan.)
As to the majority of folks that comment on these pages, I certainly wouldn't take any of them seriously. (Any except me that is.)
A former French Waldorf student/Waldorf teacher named Gregoire Perra has written two articles that are a damning expose of how the Anthroposophy cult uses worldwide Waldorf schools to indoctrinate children without their parents' knowledge (I'm a parent of former Waldorf students). It is a subtle but insidious process. The first article, “The Anthroposophical Indoctrination of Students in Steiner-Waldorf Schools” can be found at http://petekaraiskos.blogspot.com/, and the second article “Nearly Undetectable Influence and Indoctrination” can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch…. Any parent considering Waldorf education for their children should read these two articles first.
Indy didn't publish my first comment.... I live in one of the few homes in Parkside that didn't burn thanks to the brave firefighters. I'm really disturbed that the unpaid, hardworking board members are now catching flack from a 'journalist' that hasn't done her homework. I have been privy to a lot of the discussions and the numbers are open for the community to see. Our insurance agent told us NO HOA that he insures has insurance on the underground components of any system. We could have gotten insurance and paid more in premiums over the last 25 years than it will take to replace the system. The drainage was destroyed by the demolition and debris removal. Curbs, street and gutters were damaged by homeowner's contractors in rebuild and the ass'n is looking to recapture those costs from each individual lot owner. But at the moment it behooves us to get on with life as rapidly as possible . It is not constructive of you few that don't like what's going on to be so negative....we are trying our very best in a terrible painful situation to put our lives back together. If you wish to add constructive input feel free to join our bi-monthly meetings or attend Board meetings. They are open to everyone in the community.
"Gateway" drug -- really? For a majority of people the primary gateway drugs are ALCOHOL and PRESCRIPTION drugs from parent's liquor and medicine cabinets. Methinks someone watched "Reefer Madness" too many times! I really don't understand what these people (Mayor Bach, Dan May, John Suthers, lol, and even TejonTech, etc) are sooooooo afraid of with legalized marijuana use and sale??? I'd rather see alcohol prohibition come back and leave marijuana alone. It's much safer to the population!
I'm only quoting the Gazette and other journalists. I didn't personally witness or research the Cripple Creek fire, but thanks for the heads up.
"Most catastrophic fire in Colorado history." WTF?? Do some research on the Cripple Creek fire of 1896. Compare the cost of buildings back then to those of today. Waldo Canyon was nothing, comparatively speaking.
Wow K, it took you an entire week to come up with that brilliant comment?
as a homeowner in an HOA controlled community, this is a good reminder to me that we need to ensure our HOA is carrying out their role. Thanks for a good update, Pam. You've done a service to all of us with this article.
how VERY awesome for parents in this community to have another choice for their children! Kudos to this group of parents and educators for coming together and I wish them the best of luck!
Typical siggie response.
Sue his lying ass! I thought the city council controlled the purse strings? If so use the power .
he wants to make a straw man out of Marijuana, to distract people from all the money he has wasted paying off people with golden parachutes.
The Mayor has no trouble trying to "change" the charter without a vote from the public when it is giving himself and his administration more power. The charter does need to be reviewed and revised by an independent citizen committee and not one hand selected by Mr. Bach. This should have been thought out and then voted on prior to the Council-Mayor form of government was ever allowed to be put in motion. Wasn't he also against a ballot issue on the last election asking if the City Attorney should be an elected position? So he actively is against anything which may limit his power grab.
"I warned people..." gosh darn it crank, if we would only listen to you...
The funniest comment of the month comes from crank himself, "...there's something smelly going on down there...". Have you figured it out yet old dude?
Well golly staci, your "give and take" appears to be directing folks to a highly politicized web site or two. So where is your "expression"? You didn't "encourage lively debate" and it was only a "subject of interest" to you and yours. I certainly didn't "discourage opposing views" because you offered none. All you offered was SPAM.
And thanks for the advice. I generally disregard your posts as pablum.
primary employers? and the 86 locally owned and operated medical marijuana centers? they don't count? 86 leases, plus over 140 leased grow operations, that is almost 300 local leases, insurance contracts, hundreds of local jobs, security contracts, packaging, labeling contracts, transportation contracts, and so much more. Bach continues to use the same old tired lies that have been used for over 90 years. For what? Public safety? I'm not sure, but in the last 3 years, I have yet to see 1 single case where a child walked into a marijuana center and purchased cannabis. Let's hope that the city council stands up to this mockery of democracy as proposed by Bach.
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