Quotes: Noted Experts

"If I had a child of school age, I would send him to one of the Waldorf schools."
Saul Bellow, Author, Nobel Laureate
"If there is any one thing that the Waldorf system does, it nurtures, protects, and develops the intelligence of the true child."
Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author, The Magical Child
"Waldorf students are encouraged to live with self-assurance, a reverence for life and a sense of service."
Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching, Former U.S. Commissioner of Education
"I think that it is not exaggerated to say that no other educational system in the world gives such a central role to the arts as the Waldorf School Movement. There is not a subject taught that does not have an artistic aspect. Even mathematics is presented in an artistic fashion and related via dance, movement or drawing to the child as a whole. Steiner's system of education is built on the premise that art is an integral part of human endeavors. He gives it back its true role. Anything that can be done to further his revolutionary educational ideals will be of the greatest importance."
Konrad Oberhuber - Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University
"Waldorf education addresses the child as no other education does. Learning, whether in chemistry, mathematics, history or geography, is imbued with life and so with joy, which is the only true basis for later study. The textures and colors of nature, the accomplishments and struggles of humankind fill the Waldorf students' imaginations and the pages of their beautiful books. Education grows into a union with life that serves them for decades.
By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of the discoverer, and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet."
Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College
"I believe that Waldorf education possesses unique educational features that have considerable potential for improving public education in America. Waldorf schools provide a program that not only fosters conventional forms of academic achievement, but also puts a premium on the development of imagination and the refinement of the sensibilities." Elliot Eisner, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University; Past President, American Educational Research Association; Author, Curriculum and Cognition: Educating Artistic Vision
"American schools are having a crisis in values. Half the children fail according to standard measures and the other half wonder why they are learning what they do. As is appropriate to life in a democracy, there are a handful of alternatives. Among the alternatives, the Waldorf school represents a chance for every child to grow and learn according to the most natural rhythms of life. For the early school child, this means a non-competitive, non-combative environment in which the wonders of science and literature fill the day without causing anxiety and confusion. For the older child, it offers a curriculum that addresses the question of why they are learning. I have sent two of my children to Waldorf schools and they have been wonderfully well served."
Raymond McDermott, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Anthropology, Stanford University
"If you've had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship--or learn a software program you've never touched. It's not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can't do. Why couldn't you? Why couldn't anybody?"
Peter Nitze, Waldorf and Harvard graduate, director of an aerospace company
"At a time of searching and reappraisal in American education, the Waldorf movement, with its unique understanding of the education of the child, and its years of teaching practice and experience, deserves the informed consideration of those genuinely concerned with education and the development of human wholeness."
Douglas Sloan, Ph.D., Professor, Columbia University Teachers College
"The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole--all basic to Waldorf education for the past 70 years--are being "discovered" and verified by researchers unconnected to the Waldorf movement."
Paul Bayers, Professor, Columbia Teachers' College

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