Smart parents, talking about the best educational choices for kids, will never end. There are always innovations and adoption of the latest systems as a form of improving educational curricula or learning alternatives. Including what has recently become known in Indonesia, called Waldorf education, which is taken from the core of the ideas of the Austrian educational philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. Now, Waldorf schools are believed to be a new educational option for children. What is the teaching style in the school? Check out the full story of Ruangguru’s interview with Waldorf education practitioner, Dr. Naomi Soetikno follows.
“A good school education should not only prioritize cognitive and intelligence aspects, but also teach attitudes, how to react and manage emotions,” he said as he began his explanation of Waldorf education. According to dr. Naomi, the education system that has existed since 1919, is able to incorporate everything that is needed for a child’s development. For example, by involving the process of imaginative artworks such as poetry, singing, drama, music, or other things related to beauty around children. Therefore, in this way they as humans will value the relationship with their environment more.
Role of art in Waldorf learning is also expected to help increase a heightened sense of empathy for others. “He can be an intelligent child, but he violates social norms. Through art, he can become a child who is more polite in speech and realizes that human beings will not be separated from each other,” continued the Strata 3 (S3) graduate of the Faculty of Psychology Education, University of Padjadjaran.
Has never aimed all children to the same level. The speed of their learning depends on the ability of each of them. Therefore, Waldorf-based schools do not use a lot of textbooks. In fact, every child can become a curriculum creator for himself. This is what makes this type of learning difficult to implement in public schools. There is no measurable speed of a child’s thinking, in stark contrast to national school education standards. Dr. followed. Naomi.
On the other hand, not only students benefit from this, parents also feel the positive impact. At the very least, a parent-to-parent meeting is held at least every two weeks that contains Waldorf-based activities, for example, making crafts or discussing books together. Parents who want their children to be closer to art and their environment must first set an example. This includes limiting the use of cell phones, so that she can have direct interaction with those around her.
Although the Waldorf school education system is very different from formal schools, it seems to refer to informal schools in general, d. Naomi remains optimistic that all students will be able to pass the National Examination Package as a condition of graduation and equal to the diploma. “They are trained in creative thinking techniques from an early age, and this is the initial capital. So later they want to face any test material, they can definitely do it,” said the lecturer at the University of Tarumanegara’s Faculty of Psychology.
Apart from being able to master any subject, he also hopes that more and more parents in Indonesia will know more about this school. This is because there are currently only a few locations that have Waldorf schools, namely Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali. Until then, he’s still in Kindergarten (TK). Moving on, dr. Naomi and the Waldorf activists still have a huge challenge to legalize the foundation and also to build an Elementary School (SD).
For smart parents who are interested in learning schemes like these to increase the value of empathy and imagination of creative thinking, Waldorf schools can be one of the right choices for children’s learning.