Thursday 9th December
A recent issue of Waldorf News, an e-newsletter from Waldorf Teachers.com, cited a very interesting article about brain development and Waldorf Education by Dr. Regalena Melrose, a licensed clinical psychologist and credentialed school psychologist from the blog, The Magic Onions, that we thought would interest parents. Dr. Melrose, who is also a Waldorf parent, discusses why the emphasis in Waldorf Education on introducing learning at the right time in a child’s development makes sense from a neuroscientific perspective. According to Dr. Melrose,
Why Waldorf works has more to do with how the brain develops and functions optimally than Rudolf Steiner ever could have known. Sure the educator and founder of Waldorf Education theorized convincingly about how children learn best, but until MRIs and other sophisticated measures of the brain were developed, we had no way to prove or disprove any of Steiner’s theories, not with the kind of precision and accuracy we can now. An overwhelming body of evidence from the last 20 years of neuroscientific inquiry supports Steiner’s theories, including some of the most fundamental foci of Waldorf Education. Steiner’s approach to education was a holistic one. He recognized that our senses, feelings, and cognitions must all be actively engaged at each stage of development in order for students to maintain, over the long-term, a joy and love of learning.
Dr. Melrose’s article leads the reader through the development of the brain and how the parts work so that parents can understand how aspects of the Waldorf curriculum address the WHOLE brain. You can read the entire article at