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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876592469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876592465
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jack Petrash's eloquent, wise, and deeply moving book gives me a new found appreciation for Waldorf education. Even though I have been a Waldorf parent for nearly twenty-five years and a Waldorf teacher for nearly two years, I found Petrash's explanation of the curriculum's three-fold approach fresh and illuminating. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a policy maker, or simply a person interested in human growth and learning, read this book. You will learn how relevant education through the "head, heart, and hands" can be for our children and for the future we hope to create. “ --Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader --Review

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Since their inception over 80 years ago, Waldorf Schools have offered a much-needed model for educational reform. Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out, provides a compelling, clearly written picture of the key components of a Waldorf Education. Through the insights and reflections of one of America's most experienced Waldorf class teachers, we are given a clear, common sense understanding of this uncommon education.

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This is a great overview of the Waldorf education.
lisa martin,lisa martin
The author uses interesting anecdotes from real-life situations to explain his ideas.
Grace K. Sheehan
I had hoped for more in-depth discussion of technique but did not find that here.
Lauren D. Matheson

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135 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Lief on February 26, 2003
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I've been a Waldorf parent for 4 years and have been pleased with the education and life experience my kids are getting at school. But I haven't been able to describe to people who ask about the Waldorf school what makes it so different, so special. I've found most of Rudolf Steiner's (Waldorf education's original mastermind) work to be impenetrable; probably due to weak translations, but still. I've read a lot of dense stuff in my day, but Steiner's is unsloggable. This book by Jack Petrash, however, I loved. It's written so 21st century mortals can understand it and relate to it. Right from the first chapter, I understood it and felt it understood me. In the second chapter I thought, "Oh, now he's really captured it. He should have put this chapter first." I thought that again about the third, fourth, and fifth chapters and then decided he probably had the order okay in the first place.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Grace K. Sheehan on August 23, 2002
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I've never read a book that explains the Waldorf Education philosophy in such a captivating way as this book! It is so enjoyable to read. The author uses interesting anecdotes from real-life situations to explain his ideas. The entire book is excellent, but the chapters on the three stages of childhood (preschool, grade school and high school) are so well suited to all parents that I wouldn't limit this book to only those that adhere to Waldorf principles. The author has been a teacher for over 30 years, much of that time at the Washington Waldorf School where he has taken three classes of children from grade one to grade eight. And if this book is any indication, he knows his stuff!
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Robin Marie on April 16, 2008
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I have not read this book yet (though it's been heavily recommended), but I would like to respond to the concerned parent comment, which is one I've come across many times. As a Waldorf alum I can tell you that while it seems very wishy washy from the outside, the reality of Waldorf education is about as close to perfection as one can get. I am a very well adjusted adult actively participating in the world around me, with a very realistic view of my place in the universe. Waldorf education gave me the resourcefulness and healthy sense of being that allows me to take advantage of opportunities, and create opportunities of my own. Before you reject a system that has been proven over and over (which is more than the public education system can claim) take some time to speak with people who have experienced the system. I guarantee you we are happier with our education than most people you will meet.

I'm not really sure if I'm allowed to do this, but I'd like to open myself up as a resource to anyone who has questions. You can get in touch with me at robinmarie [@] soasadesigns [.] com.

If I've broken any rules I sincerely apologize.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By lisa martin,lisa martin on October 22, 2005
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This is a great overview of the Waldorf education. It takes you thru the guiding philosophies, traditions and what the children do throughout the years of school. You will fall in love with the Waldorf approach to educating children.

I read it while researching various educational systems for my child and set up a schhol visit as soon as I was finished with the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren D. Matheson on December 20, 2010
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I'd say that this is a good introduction to the "feel" of Waldorf methods. I had hoped for more in-depth discussion of technique but did not find that here. Some of the examples were enlightening, but others convinced me that this man is probably a more compelling speaker than written author. It's a slim book; easy enough to check it out of your library or local Waldorf school to look through before deciding if you'll need it on your shelf permanently. I am 45 pages into "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" and find it more my style, although it refers specifically to younger children which may be seen as a limitation - not shared by "Understanding Waldorf Education" - by some.

Edit: 6 weeks later, I have to say more of this book stuck in my head than I would have guessed at first. Perhaps the author is a more effective pedagogue than I gave him credit for ;D
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa M. Woods on April 10, 2008
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Wonderful and accessible introduction to Waldorf education. Petrash captures the essence of this beautiful pedagogical approach without burying it in the narrow lexicon often attached to Waldorf, AND without watering it down. He clearly articulates this nontraditional approach to educating children from nursery to grade 12.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mommy of 2 on March 24, 2012
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I'm confused how one can leave a poor review because they thought this book was something else that it's not. The title clearly says what the book is and about. It's about understanding Waldorf Education. It's not a curriculum or a how to so that is not the books fault. This was an interesting read if you want to fully understand what Waldorf education is all about.
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Thorough, easy to read. Petrash is clear and thoughtful. This is a 4-hour read over a weekend if you are engrossed, as I was.
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