bringing forward Waldorf/Steiner issues

Class One

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The youngest daughter (7) has just gone into class one this year. EQ not withstanding that gives her just going on 4 weeks. My wife and I were outraged to discover, that her day is made up of playing and drawing. As for learning to write, she has produced 7 w’s so far. She now comes home complaining of boredom. It was interesting to hear the same complaint from another parent this morning.
As for trying to get a parent/teacher interview with the class one teacher, no luck so far.
I observed her arriving at school AFTER the bell went the other day. She is not committed to her job and it seems, can’t wait to get out of there.
Just in case you’re wondering, we are a blended family and the parenting order stipulates rudolf steiner school. If it wasn’t for that. We’d be long gone.

Written by wiremu shane

March 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

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  1. I feel sad for your predicament.


    March 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

  2. We've been dragged through the family courts too and was 'allowed' to keep our children at the Steiner school against the wishes of their father (something I now regret). I know that the judge allowed the children to continue at the Steiner school because it is a state integrated school and a 'perfectly acceptable method of education'. With that judge's words in mind, what if this family was to go to the courts, acknowledge the Steiner system is ok for some kids but for these particular children and their learning styles it just isn't suited to them and subsequently there are genuine concerns for their education. If a family court judge knew that a 7 year old had only produced 7 w's that year and she was ready for more surely he would agree this school was holding her back? The family courts are supposed to act in the interests of the child so surely they'd allow a different school if the current one isn't educating to the standard that is necessary in this day and age. For the record, I am now totally against Steiner education and luckily got my boys out in time. My girls weren't so lucky 😦

    Dawn Bielak-Lorenzen

    March 22, 2011 at 9:02 am

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