Waldorf: Education from a deeper perspective

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The following is a first-person account of Waldorf education from a Waldorf alumnus, Shane Alexander. To learn about the difference between Waldorf and Montessori schools, read our comparison guide. You can also read our guide to Waldorf preschools.

Education from a Deeper Perspective


Education from a Deeper Perspective was a good tagline, I thought, when I grew old enough to understand Waldorf's marketing scheme. They were trying to convince possible new parents that we look deeper into things than the public school system. It wasn't until a few years ago when I realized that Waldorf actually did. And it stuck.

If it wasn't for my Waldorf years, I don't think I would have such an awkward philosophy about things. Music, art, news, literature, movies...for my whole adult life I have had this alternative way of looking at things - for things. When digging for music, for example, I tend to look deeper than just what's on the local Top 40 radio station, or on any radio station. I'd rather dig a bit harder and see what else is out there. With my art, I would rather do something completely different than doing the same old flower vase sitting on a table or sunset in some European town.  When searching for movies, I choose low budget artistic ones rather than the blockbusters. Books? Same. I read independent news blogs and search out for different voices taking another stance on that CNN story.

Most people would say I'm just a "deep dude". I don't think my deepness would be there if it wasn't for Waldorf.

Funny. I never knew they were doing it until I stood still for a moment a few years back and took notice. It's kind of like they secretly brainwashed me into looking for a deeper perspective into things in my daily life. I'm happy they did, though. Otherwise, I think I would've wound up being a superficial person, giving substance to the non-substantial. Or at least, lying to myself that there is substance in the non-substantial.

In a social media ruled world where shortened words and superficial banners and logos win our daily brain stream, I'm happy that Waldorf has been able to secretly brainwash their solders to have a deeper perspective than the norm. It's a change for the good and personally, I would rather have a conversation with them than a typical high schooler who likes Justin Bieber and wears the latest brand name.

Brainwash away, Waldorf. You're making us better and smarter human beings.

To learn more for yourself on how they teach from a deeper perspective go here.

—Shane Alexander
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Toronto, Ontario
Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
 
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"Smaller class sizes and our unique curriculum - infused with arts, movement, outdoor education - allow deeper connections across subjects, at all developmental stages. Waldorf education is “schooling with heart"." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $21,700 to $24,700
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Waldorf Academy 21700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
 
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"NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; Waldorf
  • $15,500 to $17,500
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Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Thornhill, Ontario
Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
 
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"Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics, arts and movement while addressing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of child development from preschool to gr. 12." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $18,000 to $21,000
  • Day school
  • 360 students
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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and engaging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $3,890 to $14,850
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Calgary Waldorf School 3890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
 
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"Halton Waldorf School offers an education that fosters confidence, independence and intelligence. Located on five forested acres, the school has been uniquely designed to support the goals of Waldorf education. Est 1984" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $11,150 to $18,700
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Halton Waldorf School 11150 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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