the HISTORY of waldorf
The Pioneer of Progressive Education
A Solution For Troubled Times
At the end of WWI in 1919, Europe was teetering on the brink of economic, social, and political chaos. Rudolf Steiner was concerned about the need for social renewal, for a new way of organizing society and a shift in political and cultural life. Waldorf education is based on a profound understanding of human development that transforms teaching into an artistic and health-giving approach to education. The curriculum was born out of the desire to help provide future generations with the tools to create a better world.
Today, with more than 1,000 Waldorf schools in 83 countries, Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world. In North America, Waldorf has been available since 1928, and there are now over 250 schools and 14 teacher training centers in some level of development. These schools exist in large cities and small towns, suburbs and rural enclaves. No two schools are identical; each is administratively independent. Nevertheless, a visitor would recognize many characteristics common to them all.