Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education
Waldorf education was an innovation at its founding in 1919 and that’s still true today. The Waldorf movement has become a worldwide force for educating young people by promoting individual freedom, equality and brotherhood, and the peaceful coexistence of humanity. Waldorf education brings out the best in each child in a natural, joyful way. Waldorf students come from all walks of life and become Prime Ministers, CEOs and whole people of all kinds courageously following their own path.
With over 1,100 Waldorf schools and nearly 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe, parents love what Waldorf education does for their child, and for their family. Come see why we are more relevant than ever.
Does Waldorf work? Worldwide Waldorf Alumni explain.
Our focus in Waldorf education is on developing well-rounded children, capable of thinking clearly, feeling deeply and finding their unique purpose in life. So it happens that some graduates become well-known for their professional success. To learn more about the wide range of professional interests of Waldorf graduates from around the globe, you can watch this video.
Former Chairman & CEO, American Express
“My parents were looking for a school that would nurture the whole person. They also felt that the Waldorf school would be a far more open environment for African Americans, and that was focused on educating students with values, as well as the academic tools necessary to be constructive and contributing human beings. … I think the end result of Waldorf education is to raise our consciousness. There is a heightened consciousness of what our senses bring us from the world around us, about our feelings, about the way we relate to other people. It taught me how to think for myself, to be responsible for my decisions. Second, it made me a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others. And third, it helped establish meaningful beliefs. In all the Main Block lessons — in history, science, philosophy — we really probed the importance of values and beliefs. In dealing with a lot of complex issues and a lot of stress, if that isn’t balanced by a core of meaningful beliefs, you really will just be consumed and fail.”
“The first time I understood the benefit of a Waldorf education was my first week in college. Students around me were flipping out because they were afraid of writing papers. At High Mowing we had at least ten pages to write every night. It was such a big part of our education that I was very confident in my writing. We had to analyze each scene, then write the analysis. I still have my “Faust” main lesson book with me. When I wrote about it, I was able to expand my thinking and make it my own. That’s what’s so wonderful about Waldorf education. You’re exposed to all these different ideas, but you’re never given one view of it. You’re encouraged to think as an individual.”
Former Prime Minister of Norway
“When approached by the news media and asked the question, ‘What did Waldorf education do for you?’ I replied, ‘It encouraged me to always strive to become a better human being.”