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Re: “Colorado Springs joins the Waldorf-charter wave

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:

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:

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Posted by laurielalalulu on 05/15/2013 at 8:34 PM

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