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News - September 13, 2013

Charting a course to creativity, self-knowledge

Waldorf School of the Peninsula marks 30 years with documentary film

by Chris Kenrick

Blazing an educational path with tools like wooden toys, modeling wax and gathered leaves rather than classroom Smartboards, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula kicks off its 30th anniversary celebrations this fall.

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Posted by Janet Dunwoody, a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

My son went to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in middle school and he just graduated from Harvard Law School - so we may check the Harvard box somewhat I think!

Posted by Gary Gechlik, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

Waldorf does a great job. They have a philosophy and a set of ethical principles. They hold sincere artistic expression to be of high value. Steiner was a brilliant architect, and Waldorf contributes to the diversity of educaton.

Posted by Katharina Woodman, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Before WSP had their own high school, graduates from the 8th grade there attended a number of elite colleges, including Stanford, Pomona, Brown, UCSD.

Posted by teachermom, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Who needs scripted teaching that produces robots? Thank goodness for schools like Waldorf. I would make a mint right now if I opened up a Humanities charter school. Teachers like myself are tired of scripted teaching to textbooks or for testing companies - AP College Board, CAHSEE, STAR,...Two of my great teaching friends have jumped ship ten years early due to the meetings, standards that change every few years, the dull, mandated script. Teachers having little say in curriculum. Common Core allows only 75% fiction. Informational texts rule the day. I have had it with Dr. Denise Pope too. Is she the only authority? Why is she always paraded out? I guess Dr. Pope must be the pope since no one else in CA education is every quoted as an authority. Public education in CA was so much better and freer than when I got my credential over 20 years ago. Teachers had a say, could be creative, and pass it on to your kid.

Posted by College Terrace Mom, a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Our daughter went to The Waldorf School of the Peninsula and graduated from the high school. We are very pleased with her experience, which is serving her well at college in Boston.

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