WALDORF STRAIGHT TALK
The first Waldorf School, Stuttgart, Germany.
This site is an effort to offer straight answers to common questions about Waldorf schools (also known as Steiner schools), their policies and operations, the sort of education they provide, and the thinking behind them.
Questions are listed in the sidebar to the left. Just click on any question that interests you. (If the sidebar is hidden, click on the three short parallel lines in the upper left corner of the screen. This should make the sidebar appear.)
My name is Roger Rawlings. I am a former Waldorf school student and the host today of the website Waldorf Watch. The information I provide here is based on extensive research. Much of it is skeptical and even critical of Waldorf education, but I trust it is free of prejudice. I attempt to let the facts speak for themselves.
I provide many links to other sites where you can find additional information, both favorable and unfavorable to Waldorf.* If you want to read opinions that are wholly favorable to Waldorf schools, you can visit such sites as Why Waldorf Works, Defending Steiner, and Rudolf Steiner Web. You can also consult such sources as Wikipedia, but a word of caution is in order: Rudolf Steiner's followers are dedicated and energetic. They often exert great influence on public websites such as Wikipedia, bending them to the position they prefer. So take nothing for granted at any website you visit, including — of course — this one.
* Trying to present all points of view can cause confusion. One site says "yes," another site says "no." Which is true?
I have worked to make sure that the answers provided here are true, so you may not need to look elsewhere for further information. But consistent with my advice that you should take no one's word without careful examination, I provide links to other sites to help you extend your inquiries, if you choose.
Here are some topics you may want to investigate. Clicking on the links will take you to the pages indicated. (Remember that the best way to begin most inquiries is to consult The Brief Waldorf / Steiner Encyclopedia.)
Conditions of Consciousness
Guardian(s) of the Threshold
Head, Heart and Hands
Human Stage of Evolution
Jupiter (and Future Jupiter)
Moon (and Old Moon)
Organs of Clairvoyance
Parents - also see Waldorf Parents
Saturn (and Old Saturn)
Steiner Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Steiner-Waldorf Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Sun (and Old Sun)
Teeth, Change of
Venus (and Future Venus)
Vulcan (and Future Vulcan)
War of All Against All