Dec 16 2012

Waldorf

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Last Tuesday night, I attended a talk on “Intro to Waldorf Education and supporting Waldorf At Home: Practical Guide” by Whitney McDonald.

Whitney hails from North Carolina, USA. He received his Masters in Education and Waldorf teacher’s certification at Antioch University. He taught and coached for 14years at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC. Whitney has lectured on Education, both domestically and abroad. He currently has on-going projects in China, Hong Kong and Korea. He has also been active in Hands-in-Peace, an international organization which brings young people from societies in conflict together for cultural healing through athletics and cultural sharing.

When he was sharing about child development, the stages of growth, I can help to notice so many similarities with the Montessori interpretation, just that the terms used are different.

Anyone, one very profound point that I have picked up was
“Freedom is NOT about doing whatever we want. If that’s the case, we are just being a slave to our desire. And we will not be able to do things that we need to do to be better. FREEDOM is ability to choose to live by the truth we believe in. And sometime, that mean we need to do things that we don’t like doing.–Whitney MacDonald.”

I also like what he said “Children have to learn to think and create in order to successful as adults!”  Through waldorf education, children are taught to feel too. THINK, CREATE and FEEL. Feeling is important, so that they can relate to the environment, to the people around, so that they are not selfish and self centered, so that they are loving and compasionate, so that they don’t loose their conscience.

Though I am a montessorian, but I also like the waldorf philosophy a lot. They really do have a lot of similarities. What I do is to pick up the essence of both and apply it to my children.

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