The Waldorf Movement in Education From European Cradle to American Crucible, 1919-2008

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This study examines how and why the Stuttgart Model retained its identity without central bureaucracy or a structured administrative hierarchy. One of the oldest charter school movements, its strengths and weaknesses provide critical lessons for the evaluation of emerging schools of this type.


“. . . provides a penetrating analysis of one of the most remarkable educational phenomena of the last hundred years, one that surprisingly has only recently begun to gain the attention of professional educators and scholars.” – Prof. Douglas Sloan, Columbia University

“This is a sympathetic but clear-eyed study in which the author’s own experience and extensive research contribute significantly to our understanding of this extraordinary and still evolving movement.” – Prof. Richard W. Lyman, Stanford University

“In dealing with the issue of sustainability, Oberman makes a fine contribution to the scholarly literature on school reform in both private and public schools.” - Prof. Larry Cuban, Stanford University

Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Revealing Vignettes and Two Leading Questions
Part I: Inception, 1919-1925
1. Founder and Foundling: The First Waldorf School
2. From Class-War to School Class
Part II: Under the Shadow of National Socialism
3. Succession Crisis, International Expansion and the Führer’s Rise to Power
4. Waldorf in the Nazi Years, 1933-1945: Succumb Some! Resist Some!
Part III: Transplanting the Waldorf to America
5. New York Story: Quest for Purity
6. Kimberton’s Story: Creative Accommodation
7. The Sacramento Story: Focus on “Evolution”
8. Moving into the Public Sector
Epilogue 2007 List of Abbreviations
Archives Consulted

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