Testimonials - Swadhaa - a Steiner (Waldorf) School, Pune

Swadhaa - A Steiner School

Testimonials

“Being personally acquainted with a number of Waldorf students, I can say that they come closer to realizing their own potential than practically anyone I know.”

-      Joseph Weizenbaum, Professor (now emeritus), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), author of Computer Power and Human Reason


“I was always fascinated by acting, but my experience at Rudolf Steiner [school] encouraged me to pursue it as a career.” “Steiner was a free-spirited school that encouraged creativity and individualism.

-      Jennifer Aniston, Actress, former Waldorf student


“If I had a child of school age, I would send him to one of the Waldorf Schools.”

-      Saul Bellow (1915-2005), 1976 Nobel Literature Laureate


Testimonials“My parents were looking for a school that would nurture the whole person…..and that was focused on educating students with values, as well as the academic tools necessary to be constructive and contributing human beings. … I think the end result of Waldorf education is to raise our consciousness. There is a heightened consciousness of what our senses bring us from the world around us, about our feelings, about the way we relate to other people. It taught me how to think for myself, to be responsible for my decisions. Second, it made me a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others. And third, it helped establish meaningful beliefs. In all the Main Block lessons — in history, science, and philosophy — we really probed the importance of values and beliefs. In dealing with a lot of complex issues and a lot of stress, if that isn’t balanced by a core of meaningful beliefs, you really will just be consumed and fail.”

-   Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, former Waldorf student


“The first time I understood the benefit of a Waldorf education was my first week in college. Students around me were flipping out because they were afraid of writing papers. At High Mowing we had at least ten pages to write every night. It was such a big part of our education that I was very confident in my writing. We had to analyze each scene, and then write the analysis. I still have my “Faust” main lesson book with me. When I wrote about it, I was able to expand my thinking and make it my own. That’s what’s so wonderful about Waldorf education. You’re exposed to all these different ideas, but you’re never given one view of it. You’re encouraged to think as an individual.”

-      Julianna Margulies, Actress, former Waldorf student


“My daughter’s experience at the Waldorf School has been both exciting and mind opening. I hope that more people can make Waldorf education available to their children.”

-      Russell Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, NASA Astronaut Technical Advisor, California Energy Commission, former Waldorf parent


“My son Leif attended a Waldorf school from nursery through eighth grade. Even more gratifying than his specific achievements are his ongoing infatuation with learning and absence of incapacitating cynicism. … Waldorf schools generally turn out young people who get into the colleges of their choice, but more importantly are well prepared for life. I hope this form of education becomes the basis for public school curriculum….and I hope it happens soon.”

-      Eric Utne, founder of, publisher, and former editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, (described by The New York Times as “one of the most distinctive voices in magazine journalism”) now a Waldorf teacher


“The beauty of the Waldorf School is that it is designed entirely to keep children intact until they are ready to move out into the world as whole individuals.”

-      Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author: “The Magical Child”, “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”


Testimonials-2“It is a pleasure for me to write an endorsement for Waldorf Education … [which] has been extraordinarily successful for my son. In three years, the remarkable, dedicated faculty has directed his attitude and energies toward academic achievement and civic responsibility… The school draws out the best of qualities in young people. While this is not an instant process, the values they learn by constant contact with the faculty will provide a lifetime platform from which to grow… – In summary this system works!”

-      Gilbert H. Grosvenor (1875-1966), President & Chairman, National Geographic Society, former Waldorf parent


“No other educational system in the world gives such a central role to the arts as the Waldorf school movement. Even mathematics is presented in an artistic fashion and related via dance, movement or drawing, to the child as a whole. Anything that can be done to further these revolutionary educational ideas will be of the greatest importance.”

-     Konrad Oberhuber (1925-2007), world leading expert on Raphael, former Director of the Museum of Art Albertina in Vienna, former Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University, then at International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo


“Based on a comprehensive, integrated understanding of the human being, a detailed account of child development, and with a curriculum and teaching practice that seeks unity of intellectual, emotional and ethical development at every point, Waldorf education deserves the attention of all concerned with education and the human future.”

-      Douglas Sloan, Ph D, Professor [Emeritus] of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University


I first heard of Waldorf education about five years ago, after having carried out extensive study of the neurological aspects of cognition, movement, and maturation. I was delighted to discover such a neurologically sound curriculum. I heartily support efforts to spread the awareness of Waldorf education and hope that it will spawn not only an increase in Waldorf schools, but an infusion of at least some of the ideas into the mainstream where they are so sorely needed. In Colorado, I am working with several districts to incorporate various Waldorf strategies into the teaching of reading and mathematics. The ideas are very well received and very much needed.

-      Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D., founding member of Addressing Children’s Traumas