Waldorf Education - An Effective Education System
By Andrew Loh
“Most elementary schools in the world simply fail to create or
generate an innermost enthusiasm for learning lessons within every
child who attends the school. Neither the children are able to
remember their lessons in an effective way nor are they capable to
understand the basic concepts of their lessons.”
Going to a class is an exciting event for any child. Making their
children to go to school is a big challenge for parents as well.
Schools are where your children will become the future citizens. The
classroom moulds a child by making him or her to learn the lessons
in an effective manner. When the teaching is effective, simple,
result oriented and concept based, then your children will develop
an inner urge to understand their lessons in a wholesome manner.
Allowing motivation to emanate from within their minds will help
your children develop the ability to adapt to a system of lifelong
learning that is joyful as well as meaningful. However, the present
day education system may not serve the purpose completely at least
in the way children respond to the basic aspects of learning.
Experts are now asking whether there is an immediate need to tweak
or transform the present day education system, so that they can make
children develop an urge to develop a keen enthusiasm for learning
from within the mind. Of late, many new education and teaching
systems are coming up in many parts of the world. Some of them are
effective and student centered, while others supplement the present
day system with a number of ideas and suggestions. However, some of
these new systems are really effective and meaningful, when you
consider their ability to enhance your children's motivation levels
to study more and get good grades. Waldorf education system is one
such system that helps the teacher in a traditional classroom to
make children develop a keen enthusiasm and interest to learn and
comprehend the lessons.
For Waldorf education system, music, arts, culture, theater,
writing, literature, lessons and dancing are not simply subjects or
topics for simple studying! With this system, your children can
easily cultivate a lifelong desire or love for learning and
understand, as well as develop a motivation or an urge to understand
their lessons in a productive manner.
Rudolf Steiner was the proponent of Waldorf education system. This
system assumes that a profound understanding of human mind
development will help assist fulfill the immediate needs and
requirements of a growing child. This system helps the teacher to
change or transform traditional education into an art form that
educates the child to develop the heart as well as the head and
Waldorf system is very curious and entirely different from a
traditional classroom. The first things that you notice as soon as
you enter a Waldorf school is the impeccable care and concern
provided to the building itself. What you see when you enter a
classroom is its brilliant and lovely coloring as well as different
student art and craft work adorned on the wall! You can see an
inclination towards making the classroom child-centric with its
amazing array of vividly colored desks, chairs, tables and windows.
It looks, as if the whole classroom is a mini lesson book! Below is an
example of a classroom in a Waldorf school.
Waldorf teachers are very committed, enthusiastic and are very keen
to tend and nurse their children. Every child is an individual for
them! Every mind is a separate entity for them! Most teachers who
teach in such schools tend to ask more questions and interact with
them on a consistent basis to develop motivation and urge to study
hard and understand the lessons. These teachers will have some dicey
challenges in front of them and many questions lay in front of them
that seek correct answers. Some of them could be:
Is it possible to establish a high level of academic excellence
within the minds of the children?
Is it possible to create an innate enthusiasm or an immediate urge
for learning and comprehending?
Is it possible to create self-awareness in the minds of the
Is it possible to help or assist children to understand the meaning
of their lives?
Is it possible to make children understand the basic concepts of
lessons taught in the classroom?
......"When children relate what they learn to their own
experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn
becomes their own. Waldorf schools are designed to foster this kind
of learning." - Henry Barnes, a longtime and highly respected
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