The Steiner or Waldorf school movement is a highly respected international movement now approaching its centenary anniversary, with over 1050 schools in 60 countries. Steiner Education is one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world.
Steiner Education works to establish a love of learning and encourages children to take an active role in their education. To encourage a love of learning is to give children a foundation upon which they may become lifelong learners, and self-directed in their education.
The school is dedicated to fostering a positive learning experience of the students. The healthy development of the whole person is cultivated through an equal emphasis on intellectual, social-emotional and physical development. The school’s educational philosophy values the importance of childhood in the development of self, and employs a curriculum, unique to Steiner schools, which provides students with learning experiences at a time when they are most ready to enjoy, appreciate, understand and benefit from them.
The school endeavours to nurture the spirit of each student and encourage their individuality, in tandem with learning respect for one another, and one’s place as a participating member of human society.
The school strives to help all students become proficient in the key skills required for academic learning, according to standards set by NESA and other regulating authorities. In addition, in delivering a Steiner Education, the curriculum balances academic learning with creative expression and practical, hands-on experiences and applications. The approach centres around educating the whole person and this is done by nurturing the ‘head, heart and hands’, developing concurrently, the faculties of intellect, spirit and physical wellbeing. The learning content offered by the school is delivered in a way that caters for each child, drawing on the natural environment and working with the child’s individual temperament. It is continuously reflective of our current time and place within Australian life.
If you have looked into Steiner Education recently, you may have come across the emerging links between Steiner Education and modern neuroscience. Over the past 20 years, increasing evidence from a large body of neuroscience research supports Steiner’s theories around education and child development.
At the 2012 National Education Forum, Mark McCrindle who researches global educational trends stated that “lifelong learning is critical to sustain future workers through a highly varied career structure and to work in jobs that do not even exist yet”. Steiner Education is ideally placed to provide this connection to lifelong learning and creativity.
To help you source much more information about Steiner Education and early childhood development, may we suggest a visit to the Steiner Education Australia website and the Waldorf 100 – Film.