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Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the inside out [Paperback]

Jack Petrash
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11 Dec 2003 0863154301 978-0863154300
A jargon-free view of Waldorf education and its philosophy of a three-dimensional education. Since their inception over 80 years ago, Steiner-Waldorf schools have offered a much-needed model for educational reform. The author provides a compelling, clearly written picture of the key components of a Waldorf education, focusing especially on child learning experiences that develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity. Ideal for parents and teachers, this book gives a common sense understanding of an education which answers modern needs in almost 900 schools across the world.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (11 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863154301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863154300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book is convincing without preaching. One has the feeling, "I'd trust Jack Petrash with my children".' -- Martyn Rawson, Steiner Education, March 2004 'I've been a Waldorf parent for 4 years but I haven't been able to describe to people who ask about the Waldorf school what makes it so different and so special. I've found Steiner's work to be impenetrable. This book by Jack Petrash, however, I loved. It's written so 21st century mortals can understand it and relate to it.' -- Waldorf parent, California 'This is a deeply soulful and intelligent book on child development. If all teachers were like Jack Petrash and more schools followed the Waldorf-Steiner principles, there would be viable alternatives for home educators. This book is about imagination and change in both the child and the educator. It taught me a lot and best of all, left me with the feeling education is FUN.' -- Carolyn McCourt, Education Otherwise 'This book is ideal for parents and teachers alike, and Jack Petrash speaks from many years of direct experience as a Class Teacher.' -- Kindling: The Journal for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Care and Education, Spring 2004 'Understanding Waldorf Education is a look into the creative methods employed for generations at the Waldorf School in Washington. Youth workers and educators, as well as parents, will find some insight into communicating important lessons to children who might balk at the standard delivery of information.' -- Youth Today 'Jack Petrash's eloquent, wise and deeply moving book gives me a new found appreciation for Waldorf education. Even though I have been a Waldorf parent for nearly twenty-five years and a Waldorf teacher for nearly two years, I found Petrash's explanation of the curriculum's three-fold approach fresh and illuminating. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a policy maker, or simply a person interested in human growth and learning, read this book. You will learn how relevant education through the 'head, heart, and hands' can be for our children and for the future we hope to create.' -- Eric Utne, Founder of the Utne Reader

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Jack Petrash has been a Waldorf teacher for over 30 years, much of that time at the Washington Waldorf School in the USA, where he has taken three classes of children from Class 1 to Class 8.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant! 25 Jun 2011
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I enjoyed this book immensely. It seemed to portray a vision of an ideal education that I have always imagined. I felt absolutely inspired by the Waldorf approach outlined by Petrash in this rewarding experience of a book. The reasoning behind the Waldorf method is clearly explained drawing on Steiner's philosophy as well as more up to date research about children. I found it most enlightening to be given a picture of an educational model that focuses on the whole child and the experience of being human. Having worked in education for some years, I can now understand where all the 'new' ideas about teaching practice originated! Children are not seen as numbers and the purpose of the school is not to add value to test scores. The value inherent in a Waldorf education is that of the individual and the well-rounded and balanced development of each person.

It is a highly readable account full of insights and knowledge that can be applied in the more traditional classroom or in a home environment. Central to the approach is that of a 3 dimensional education that develops heads, hearts and hands (thinking, feeling and activity). Petrash explains how each of these areas are focused on in the 3 stages of school. He includes research on brain development which appears to support this method of teaching. I can guarantee that anyone interested in children and education will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-earth explanation 18 April 2011
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This is a good, no-nonsense introduction to Waldorf Education.It doesn't preach or philosophise, unlike the Christopher Clouder book, and is easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in education, mainstream or 'alternative.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars opened my eyes 23 July 2013
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this really opened me up to other possibilities in education. I am now researching similar books on the Waldorf system. Very highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was after! 29 Sep 2009
I was looking for a book to give me insight into the very basics of Waldorf education and this book is perfect for the job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 9 Jan 2013
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Trying to understand my granddaughter's education. US based approach, but you can easily translate it for the country you are interested in. Still not convinced that it is any different from a good, conscientious teacher's method.
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