What is Waldorf?
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf education evolve from an understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child.
Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. Waldorf education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. Music, theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their head, heart and hands, growing ready to engage and be of service to the world.
The year 2019 marked 100 years of Waldorf Education. The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe. And more all the time. The Centennial is an opportunity to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions. With many exciting projects on all continents. Keep your ears and eyes open, and be part of the movement: 100 years are just the beginning!