“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.” —Rudolf Steiner
The Hartsbrook School is a Waldorf school, one of over 180 on this continent and approximately 1000 world-wide. Waldorf schools base their educational philosophy, curriculum, and methods on the work of the Austrian philosopher, scientist, and educator Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner wrote more than 50 books and gave over 6,000 lectures on such diverse subjects as science, philosophy, religion, art, agriculture, medicine, and education. Rudolf Steiner’s work in these fields has resulted in a new form of organic agriculture, new approaches and techniques in medicine, innovations in the arts, and a new form of pedagogy: Waldorf education.
In 1919 Rudolf Steiner was asked to found a school for the children of the workers in a Stuttgart factory. Because of its philosophy and innovative methods, this original Waldorf school gained international recognition and inspired new Waldorf schools throughout the world. Waldorf Education in North America celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008. The number of Waldorf schools worldwide has more than doubled in the last decade, making it one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world.