You have no idea how unimportant is all that the teacher says or does not say on the surface, and how important what he himself is as teacher.
–Rudolf Steiner

In 1919, Steiner visited the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory in Germany. He spoke to the workers about social renewal. The owner of the factory asked him to open a school for children of the workers. He agreed, if the school would adhere to 4 Criteria: it had to be open to all children, co-ed (which was exceptional at the time), it had to be a unified 12 year school with a continuous curriculum, and teachers had to have primary control of the school with minimal interference from government or funders. All of those criteria were quite progressive at the time. Waldorf curriculum has evolved to become one of the fastest growing international curriculum models. The model incorporates several unique tenets, not the least of which are a focus on social responsibility and an expectation that teachers must attend to their own personal development, as well as to that of the children. The model places emphasis on the individual nature of each child. Children are expected to develop their own unique intellectual understanding during their school experience.

Check out the following video on math instruction as an example of Waldorf education principles.

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