About Waldorf Education

Waldorf education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, a leading early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist.

The first Waldorf School opened in Germany in 1919 with the mission to foster independent thought and a sense of personal responsibility in all students. These progressive ideas spread quickly and today Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational models in the world.

Learn more about Waldorf education. Explore the latest news, books, and web resources.

Waldorf Education Resources

Waldorf Education
The official site for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Online Waldorf Library

Waldorf Answers

Research Institute for Waldorf Education

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

Rudolf Steiner Foundation Social Finance

Articles about Waldorf Education

Tablets Out, Imagination In
Matthew Jenkins, The Guardian, December 2, 2015

Music in the Schools Series: San Francisco Waldorf High School
Mark McNamara, San Francisco Classical Voice, February 2013

Invitation to a Dialogue: Computers in School?
The New York Times Opinion Page, October 25, 2011

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute
Matt Richtel, The New York Times, October 22, 2011

Articles about Waldorf Educational Principles

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Jean M. Twenge, September 2017

Smartphone Addiction Creates Imbalance in the Brain, Study Suggests
Science Daily, November 30, 2017

Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class
Donna De La Cruz, The New York Times, March 21, 2017

Why Young Kids Learn through Movement, Lara N. Dotson-Renta, The Atlantic, May 19, 206

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, June 2, 2014

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning
Mariko Nobori, Edutopia, August 29, 2012

No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future
Kim John Payne, The Huffington Post, August 27, 2012

Raising Successful Children
Madeline Levine, The New York Times, Madeline Levine, August 4, 2012

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum
Hilary Stout, The New York Times, January 5, 2011

The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology and How Learning Can Be Saved
Todd Oppenheimer,* Random House, 2003

Schooling the Imagination
Todd Oppenheimer,* The Atlantic Monthly, September 1999

*Todd is a National Magazine Award winner and San Francisco Waldorf parent.