Tamarack Waldorf School


Five Frequently Asked Questions

By Colin Price

Colin Price has been a Waldorf teacher for the past thirty-five years and has been a class teacher in schools in England, Canada, and the United States of America. He wishes to preface this article with the following caveat:

The opinions expressed here are my personal opinions. I alone am responsible for the content of this article, which, although brief, will, I hope, raise further questions in the mind of the reader. Waldorf Education can be approached and characterized in many different ways, and no one description can ever do it justice. Nevertheless, this approach to educating children does hold out great hope for a better world than what we human beings have managed to create so far.

Does Waldorf Education prepare children for the 'real' world; and, if so, how does it do it?

Children entering the first grade in most public schools are expected to be able to read. In a Waldorf school, children start to learn to read in the first grade and are allowed to develop this skill relatively slowly. Why is this?

Would a child be at a disadvantage if he were transferred from a public school into a Waldorf school, or out of a Waldorf school into a public school?

A Waldorf class teacher ideally stays with a group of children through the eight elementary school years. What if my child does not get along with the teacher?

How can a Waldorf class teacher teach all the subjects through the eight years of elementary schooling?

Colin Price currently teaches at the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine.

This article is reprinted by the kind permission of the author. It was originally published in RENEWAL: A JOURNAL FOR WALDORF EDUCATION, spring/summer issue 2003 ~ vol. 12, number 1.

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