Waldorf Education and Multiple Intelligences

December 2014

How the Waldorf grade school subject classes help develop all of the nine intelligences.

Harvard professor Howard Gardner has written a number of best-selling and academically acclaimed books centered on his theory that intelligence is multidimensional. The concern that “America needs to be competitive in a global marketplace” and the desire for objective teacher evaluations continue to provoke an ever-increasing emphasis on language, science and math achievement. Results: computers in the nursery; non-reading kindergardeners labeled as ‘delayed’; and the elimination of ‘frill’ classes like music, art and phys ed.

Because most Waldorf parents and teachers understand the value of Waldorf schools’ approach to Main Lesson, the attached chart is offered as a way to help parents and teachers take a fresh look at the importance of things that happen after 10:30 – both for the way they round out the student experiences and for the support they give to the subjects that are defined as common core.

Printable poster-size chart

Source: http://www.movementforchildhood.com/

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