Turning Education on Its Head: A talk with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.

What Modern Brain Research Says About 
How Children and Young Adults Learn

Tuesday, November 19   
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Free to the community

Eurythmy Hall 
San Francisco Waldorf High School 
470 West Portal Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94127 

onsite parking available

Recent neuro-scientific research shows that the brain behaves less like a “hard-wired” computer, more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The implications for education of this paradigm shift are huge, especially since the cortical functions of children and young adults do not fully develop until they reach their early 20s.

Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., explores how Waldorf education helps children and adolescents unfold their powers of intelligence by means of a curriculum designed to nourish their developmental needs from pre-school through the high school years.

Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for the past 35 years. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America. A Waldorf graduate himself, Dr. Gerwin is the founder of the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the Center as well as Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is author of numerous articles on education and anthroposophy, as well as editor of six books on Waldorf education. At present, he resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.