May there reign here spirit-strength in love;
May there work here spirit-light in goodness;
Born from certainty of heart,
And from steadfastness of soul,
So that we may bring to young human beings
Bodily strength for work,
Inwardness of soul,
Clarity of spirit.
May this place be consecrated to such a task;
May young minds and hearts here find
Servers of the light, endowed with strength,
Who will guard and cherish them.
Back in Nashville, School is starting for my old school, Linden Waldorf. I have many friends who work there and take there kids there. I think I am finally over my falling out with them (a story for another day), and really remember all the great stuff about the school. One of the things I love, is the teachers would begin each day gathering together and holding hands in a circle, and say this verse. I love the last part, and it always brought tears to my eyes, to think of teachers guarding and cherishing young hearts and minds. Such a different way of approaching teaching than most teachers who have been made to think children are all the same and have the same needs and should learn the same thing at the same time...
I was drawn to Montessori for this reason; Each child can learn what he/she needs, when they are ready to learn it. There is no pre-set date or age for a child to learn a subject, all the materials are there, in the room, for the child when they are ready. The teacher is ready to teach when the child is ready, not the other way around...
What I love about Waldorf, the art and play, combined with the Montessori philosophy, that each child will learn when they are ready, set up a pretty decent educational paradigm. Still not perfect, but better than most traditional schools.
There is a guy, Ken Robinson who describes my educational philosophy perfectly. He has given TED talks, and written books, and is also on youtube. Here is a link to one of the best;
hope you enjoy!