Analysis Of The Waldorf Education

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Literacy has long served as a societal gauge of progress and development, playing a crucial role in the economic, social and cultural performance of a nation. Ironically, as one of the world’s most developed nations, the U.S. continues to fall far behind optimal levels, especially in comparison to other nations (Summers, 2014), in regards to literacy achievement scores. Specifically, reading comprehension abilities as evidenced in standardized reading assessment scores between racial minority and racial majority elementary and middle school students in the U.S. continue to widen, with racial minority students exhibiting significantly lower scores (NCES, 2017; Neuman, 2013). Neither scholars nor educators have identified a viable solution to, or a specific cause of, this troubling fact. In the interest of boosting the educational quality received by and gained by future generations, boosting reading scores and closing…show more content…
First, Howard Garner’s theory of multiple intelligences describes the fact that intelligence may be manifested in up to nine various modes, including mathematical, linguistic, naturalistic, interpersonal, kinesthetic, musical and special (Northern Illinois University, 2011). Similarly, the Waldorf approach recognizes that learning acquisition takes place through a variety of modalities such as this. Secondly, Vygotsky’s social cultural theory presumes that learning is primarily facilitated socially through interaction with peers and student-teacher relationships, rather than through solitary cognitive processes (Turuk, 2008). Likewise, the Waldorf approach emphasizes teacher-student relationships and relies upon the aged-mixed social learning environment to aid students in reaching their zone of proximal development (Turuk,
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