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  • On Fri, 22 May 2015, 6:17pm PDT in Reading Age, Indiana Jones said:

    Although I agree that there is a lot of good in the Steiner system of educating, I found the Waldorf school my son went to for preschool was mysteriously secretive about what they were teaching, which I found bizarre. I did not feel welcome as a parent in the classroom. They required a particular way of doing things, for instance for my son-- no television, movies or computers, only natural fibers and nature images on clothing, no logo's on clothing larger than a thumbnail, etc. The administration was very secretive on their decisions and choices. I knew from research that Waldorf was based on spiritual principles which I was fine with, but it seemed to me the school was trying to hide that aspect from the parents. Again, strange. I once heard "Waldorf is a lifestyle choice". I actually think for some of the schools it is mildly closer to a cult with the dead Steiner the cult leader.

  • On Fri, 22 May 2015, 12:49pm PDT in Reading Age, Indiana Jones said:

    In the Waldorf system, (based on Rudolph Steiner's educational ideas ) they don't begin teaching reading until 7 year old, or when the "milk teeth" fall out and the adult teeth start to come in. We looked into the Waldorf system and I was concerned that my son wouldn't be reading early enough. Because I started to read at 3 to 4 years old I thought it was way too old to begin reading. I was certain my child would be an early reader and I was determined to make it happen.

    So, despite reading daily to my son since he was 3 months old, despite purchasing the whole set of "Baby Can Read" DVD's and flash cards/book,with almost daily exposure from the time he was an infant to about 4 years old, despite reading books with flashing lights and accompanying musical CD's and audio features, despite going hi-tech with V-tech and Leap Frog books and toys meant to facilitate independent reading, despite talking up how exciting and awesome it is to be able to read stories and books, he has only really started to read recently. He is 7 and in first grade. What I've learned from this is a child is ready when they are ready, and not a moment before.

    Math on the other hand, he took to and excelled at from a very young age, with absolutely no prodding from me at all. Go figure.

  • On Mon, 11 May 2015, 9:06am PDT in Doing the math on CA Bullet Train fares, Indiana Jones said:

    Why would a family of four pay $344 when they can pay $100 for gas and a fast food meal (all there really is along I 5). Plus, then a rental car? Who knows if they will even make car rental available close to the train station? That would actually require logic and foresight.

    If they could offer family discount fares to entice families out of their cars, it could be a possible option. Families could be a big market judging from all the minivans in traffic on interstate 5.

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