Reflections on WSL's Mission

By School Director Robert Schiappacasse

 

We are living in a time when public discourse in our country has become increasingly divisive and closed-minded. In this contentious atmosphere, WSL’s educational and social mission is ever more relevant. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, Waldorf education’s founder, Rudolf Steiner, “imagined that education’s promise could lead us from a world driven by strife and conflict to one where diverse individuals could learn, collaborate, and strive toward their full potential in harmony with one another.”

 
“What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education.” — Douglas Sloan, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

“What every parent would wish as the best for his or her children, Waldorf education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education.”

— Douglas Sloan, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

 

After the devastation of World War I, Steiner asked: “In the broadest sense, how must we bring up people so that this will be impossible in the future? Out of this privation and misery, an understanding must awaken for the role of education in restructuring human social relations.”

WSL’s mission statement highlights not only the school’s arts-integrated academic education—rich in the humanities, sciences, and practical and fine arts—but also critical thinking, collaboration, and engagement with the world. WSL’s curriculum teaches students about cultures from many countries and civilizations, both ancient and contemporary, encouraging an openness to others and respect for difference.

By approaching learning through first-hand observations, Waldorf teachers encourage students to see, learn, and think for themselves, forming their own conclusions rather than accepting another’s point of view without question.

“It has been a joy and a gift to see my daughters experience Waldorf. They delight in many of the same celebrations, stories, songs, and daily activities that enthralled me as a child. I’m deeply grateful to have the opportunity to send my children to the Waldorf School of Lexington.” — WSL parent and Waldorf alum

“It has been a joy and a gift to see my daughters experience Waldorf. They delight in many of the same celebrations, stories, songs, and daily activities that enthralled me as a child. I’m deeply grateful to have the opportunity to send my children to the Waldorf School of Lexington.”

— WSL parent and Waldorf alum

These aspects of the curriculum and pedagogy are just some of the many ways that Waldorf education prepares students to enter the world with eyes, minds, and hearts open, seeking beauty and truth, ready to shine their lights brightly into the culture of our time.

At WSL, teachers delight in their students, teach them, listen to them, mentor them, and love them.

At WSL, teachers delight in their students, teach them, listen to them, mentor them, and love them.

“Waldorf offered me diverse, creative, exciting ways to learn and engage with the world. The most memorable thing about leaving Waldorf was arriving at public high school and realizing that my peers were already burnt out from their educations. I was still curious, inquisitive, and ready to learn.” — WSL alum, class of 1998

“Waldorf offered me diverse, creative, exciting ways to learn and engage with the world.

The most memorable thing about leaving Waldorf was arriving at public high school and realizing that my peers were already burnt out from their educations. I was still curious, inquisitive, and ready to learn.”

— WSL alum, class of 1998

At WSL, teachers have a personal connection with each student. They understand each child's strengths, weaknesses, passions, and challenges.

At WSL, teachers have a personal connection with each student. They understand each child's strengths, weaknesses, passions, and challenges.

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