What Waldorf Did For Me

Written by Ian Cuevas

October 22, 2021




What Waldorf Did For Me

by Taylor Rae Sampson

“What if we lived in a world where kids were taught to love learning instead of hate it?”

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According to Steiner’s philosophy “the human being is a threefold being of spirit, soul, and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the path to adulthood.” I think this is important because school is basically our whole life right now, and as a kid it’s not just about learning things and memorizing formulas; it is extremely important in their development and who we become as a person. One of the major differences between public education and Waldorf schools is that in a public school “Standardization is key” and in a Waldorf school “Variation is key.”

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I went to The Waldorf School of San Diego for 16 years of my life, and standing on that stage at my graduation next to some of the people who started that journey with me more than 12 years ago was one of the most full circle and memorable moments in my life. One of the most important things that Waldorf taught me is how to love learning, because then no matter what I decide to do with my life I’ll have the tools to succeed. In Waldorf Curriculum I got to study almost every subject from history through drama by performing plays to fundraising to go to Costa Rica and study tropical ecosystems. One of the main goals in our curriculum is to create a well rounded student and I think our curriculum accomplishes this very well. Each student is required to try every subject instead of specializing in one area. Another major difference between Public and Waldorf that is most meaningful to me is that my school, my classmates, and my teachers always felt like one big family. No one is forgotten at Waldorf. I actually just went to visit last week; It was so nice to see all of my teachers and get that feeling of family that I miss so much.


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