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black_fox wrote

what were the parents like?

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throwaway OP wrote

They're mostly pretty cool. Some of them are a little crazy, and they all have very unique views of the world (and politics), which is interesting.

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mofongo wrote

It's that a regular kindergarten or is it different in some way?

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throwaway OP wrote

It's very different. We spend all of our time outdoors, the kids are not allowed any toys and spend all their time just inventing and imagining things with each other, the trees, the sticks and the stones. Everything is different, from the way we talk to the kids to the things we do and think. The philosophy behind it is absurdly complex, but this is some of the basics that you would see if you walked into the kindergarten.

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mofongo wrote

That sounds really cool, like my dream school.

How do the school handles this with the state's school requirements?

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throwaway OP wrote

i'm not sure why the state allows it, but since it is a private school, they can do pretty much whatever they want. Waldorf schools have no exams, no grades, no tests, lots of music (orchestra, solo play, choir and more), lots of work with your hands (materials such as wood, silver, clay), lots of art (painting and such), and more in that department. It takes 12 years total, and gives access to almost all further educations, despite not having any grade (you get a handwritten letter from each teacher when you finish the school instead).

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Brick wrote

Do you teach the kids anything useful in regards to your politics?

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throwaway OP wrote

A lot. Kids around that age get in fights all the time, and disagree on the weirdest things. I always use this opportunity to teach them some of the fundamental morals that are important to me, and it works beautifully.

Fun story regarding this: some time ago the kids were playing the classic "Police and Thief" game. They asked me if i wanted to play with them, and i said "No, I don't like the police". A few minutes later they were just playing thieves (needless to say, the other adults there did not like that turnout, but they were cool about it - i was new).

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GrnBlck wrote

What are the main differences between the Waldorf model of education and the 'Modern School' as proposed by Francisco Ferrer?

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throwaway OP wrote

Read my reply to mofongo. I wish i had the time to go more in-depth, maybe I'll revisit your question later!

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