I have seen a lot of Waldorf Schools around and assumed they were sort of progressive type schools like Montessori. I have spent the past two days reading about them and they are really very bizarre. Rudolph Steiner (the founder of Waldorf) was an Austrian born philosopher who got into all sorts of mysticism. He developed this systematic quasi-religion called Anthrosophy. It is hard to explain it but their is an undercurrent of Eugenics involved. I think a lot of progressive parents are attracted to these schools because they seem so artistically orientated and their is a tinge of New Age-ness to it all. However, the more one reads about this and if becomes a bit more disturbing. These schools are sprouting up all over the place now. I am pretty sure they are pubically funded too. I know Sweden has looked into them but so far our DOE seems to be taken in by them. I have to say, I am trying to keep an open mind but the more I research, the more it seems like a very strange cult.
*Yes, I know there is a relativist argument about Catholic schools being semi-cults (and maybe even the Public School System itself). I really will not counter relativist arguments because I would like to have more focus on these Waldorf Schools. Does anyone have any info on them or experience with them?
*Funny, I always thought Waldorf Schools were just kind of "hippie". They seem very creepy to me now.