Design ethics

Design ethics

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

"MOM-DAD, I WANNA BE A DESIGNER!" : THE STEINER-WALDORF EDUCATION APPROACH

Scientist + Artist = (Designer maybe Superhero or BOTH???). Steiner schools enhance creativity, synthetic thinking, decisiveness, responsible attitude, teamwork and prepare children emotionally and practically for contemporary world's new challenges.
My first time encounter with a Steiner School student, goes back to 2001, when I had to train a young girl, called Maria (half Japanese- half British), to promote her family's imported products of legendary Clearspring foods. Maria had a super extra-aptitude to learning, yet she was calm, composed and totally unstressed, for a teenager at his first job. I was so impressed and in the beginning I thought it was a matter of character, culture ( due to her dual upbringing), or even coincidental. Then Maria explained to me that in her school, children were not surrounded by plastic objects, only by eco-friendly materials, and that the basic subjects (maths, language, science, geography), were delivered through a unique "creative workshop"- like experience, enriched with experiments, games, social practice and outdoor activities.
I started getting more information on the matter and checking regularly the Steiner-Waldorf institutions, only to realize soon enough the academic accomplishments of the pupils, but also the success on the "Human Factor" : It seems that you get happy kids coming out from a Steiner school, after all, growing up to happy people, no matter life's later difficulties.
What was most surprising, the system to teach a subject in a Steiner school- any subject at all- from grammar to climate- was based on experiential exercises- assignments, leading to projects- an educational technique, very similar to the  Bauhaus preliminary design workshops, held by Josef Albers. A huge difference, compared to traditional teaching methods, a huge change, when it comes to results, in motivation, essential productivity, social accommodation, proven self-rewarding excellence and personal development.


















[CHECK THEM OUT- A PARENT OR NOT- A DESIGNER OR A TEACHER- AN ATHLETE OR AN ACCOUNTANT- A LEFT-WING OR A TORY -IT IS AN AWAKENING]:
The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education website:http://www.ecswe.net/  with important details on the European Waldorf  Diploma EWDhttp://www.ecswe.net/certification/ewd/ and all sorts of updates and news, on the Steiner educational curriculum.

All pictures,  are stills from the amazing video:
http://www.ecswe.net/light-in-the-darkness/ >>>> http://vimeo.com/58751788
Light in the Darkness: A New Perspective on the Media in the Waldorf Schools , produced by Prof. .        
To hear a lecture given to Waldorf parents on this subject, visit d.pr/a/Fpyk
For more information about Waldorf education, visit millennialchild.com

Many thanks to Shedia Streetpaper, www.shedia.gr , Athens, Greece, which published a full article on "School Democracies", including Steiner School lists and websites, on their September issue!!! (still out in the streets of Athens, if you are around paying us a visit;-)))

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