Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group


This group was on Facebook - as of today, the page is gone, the links don't work and a lot of their work and many of their posts disappeared.  I was able to recover some of the content here but not as much as I would have liked to.  Hopefully, this was a temporary issue... but the comments from parents about Pasadena Waldorf School are welcomed here at The Waldorf Review.  I was able to save some of the pictures but I'm having trouble pasting them in.  I'll work on it as time permits!  Again, please don't be frustrated if some of the links don't work.



Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group
"Blame the Kids/Parents" seems to be a common theme at Waldorf Schools when viewing parents' complaints posted to the Internet.
PWS' Sages Blame the Kids in 2nd Grade for Being Behind A Grade Level
FACTS:
The teacher had no previous full-time teaching experience.
The average class size at PWS is 20 and the 2nd grade teacher had 28 kids in his class. 
The teacher, according to PWS, did not complete his Waldorf Education Coursework
The teacher worked at the front desk at PWS before taking a class.
The teacher was a "less-experienced candidate"
The teacher was supposedly getting highly-experienced senior teachers as his mentors.
The teacher is not a parent.
PWS Message to Parents:
For some time, Waldorf schools, including PWS, have been trying to “grow their own” teachers, and we have been thinking about how we can support the development of talented teaching candidates who show promise and skill within our own communities. This coming year we are in the fortunate and unique position to be able to take advantage of the gifts of our highly-experienced senior teachers to serve as mentors to less-experienced candidates, enhancing the professional level of our faculty and our collaborative, collegial working together.
It is not unusual for class teachers to start their first grades before fully completing their Waldorf Education coursework. Because this fall, at the beginning of his journey as a class teacher, Mr. Loeser will be in that situation, we are especially happy to ensure that he will be working under the careful mentoring aegis of Dennis Demanett, Aleide Murray, and Blair Manzke, supported by the entire PWS colleagueship.


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Submitted by a former PWS parent,
Our son came home from PWS confused and tearful one day. His sister had transferred to a non-Waldorf school at the start of the school year, and he would be transferring to the same school next year. It was mid-April and we had just told him about the news of changing schools. He told some of his classmates and two of his classmates asked him what the school was like.
Our son started telling them when his teacher over heard. His teacher toldhim in front of his classmates that he should NOT talk about the other school. According to our son, he stopped talking about it.
He came home that day and relayed this information. He started tearing up and was confused. He said, "I don't go there yet, but it's my sister's school so why can't I talk about it?" He's not one to easily cry and it was apparent that he was confused; he was 8 years old. As a parent I was put in this awkward situation of explaining something that felt so absurd. I reassured him that he had done NOTHING WRONG and that PWS was just weird.
·                    Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group The parents pulled the child from PWS and he did not finish the year.
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Margaret Sachs They claim it's all about the children, but in reality it seems to be all about protecting the Anthroposophy cult. I wonder what else this little boy will be subjected to during the remainder of the school year.


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Bullying situations usually involve more than the bully and the victim. They also involve bystanders—those who watch bullying happen or hear about it.
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PWS USES QUESTIONABLE MARKETING?
On PWS' website they state under PWS Educational Goals
---feel recognized as individuals, who are valued for their quality of character as well as their caliber of scholarship;
PWS REALITY
A College Member and College Leader said in a class meeting: "In a Waldorf school we don't focus on individual achievement."
The PWS Athletic Director said, "they are so weird about singling people out." They don't like recognizing individual's accomplishments.

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INTERESTING STATISTIC ON PWS' WEBSITE
PWS states they've been around for 30 years. They also claim, "By our estimates, over 2,000 children received at least part of their education at PWS."
Let's do some quick estimates: An average graduating PWS class is 20 and they've been around for 30 years so 30 x 20 = 600. It's plausible that PWS has graduated 600 kids.
Let's estimate that 200 kids are currently enrolled at PWS leaving a balance of 1,200 kids. What happened to those kids?
http://www.pasadenawaldorf.org/news-events-2/alumni/


Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group Changing the World in all the right ways? Can you qualify and quantify that statement PWS?

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Is PWS Ethically Sound in its Practice to Enroll New Families?
PWS does not use the word "Anthroposophy" on their website.
If the school is FULLY COMMITTED AND MAKES CRITICAL DECISIONS BASED ON Anthroposophy, why would it not be MENTIONED on their website?
A requirement to serve on the College of Teachers is a commitment to Anthroposophy, and the COT makes all governing decisions about the curriculum yet the PWS website makes no mention of this.
They do use statements such as:
A broad-based, universal integration of sciences, humanities, and arts, avoiding specialization, serves the elementary years best. Specialization begins in high school in the context of an integrated, unified curriculum.
The arts provide a valuable cognitive and affective educational experience. Academic subjects are more thoroughly comprehended when taught artistically.
And so on...
Look at the WHITE WALLS in the image.


We strive for our students to experience a rich, broad-based, deep course of studies, feel recognized as individuals and develop sound habits for living.
PASADENAWALDORF.ORG|BY PASADENA WALDORF SCHOOL

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We Were Harassed and Bullied by Leaders of the PWS College of Teachers http://wp.me/p68Z4s-F


PART 1 In May of our first year at PWS, my wife and I met with our child's teacher to discuss concerns...
PASADENAWALDORFSCHOOLRECOVERYGROUP.WORDPRESS.COM

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I often had this weird feeling while being a parent at PWS that, behind all that pretty Waldorf stuff, they didn't really like kids . It was the WAY the teachers talked about the kids that was off putting. It had this sentiment tagging along, "spare the rod, spoil the child."
A former PWS child said, "my teacher would point his finger at my face really close and yell at me. One, it's rude to get that close to someone and invade their space and two it's rude to point at someone."
--Submitted by a former parent


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Edit/Addition: There is now a Table of Contents here at the top to help newcomers (and oldies) locate certain topics of concern that have been
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Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group added 2 new photos.
A Religious Feel.
1) PWS Festival of Light
2) PWS School Song



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Wow! Last year's Elves' Faire raffle first place prize winner was the Annual Fund Chair!


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What a coincidence! This year the TWO families who sold the MOST ELVES' FAIRE raffle tickets ALSO had the TWO friends be the top winners! AND the third place winner is a friend of PWS' SPRING GALA MAJOR SPONSOR!

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PWS has been around since 1979 according to their website yet they can't dig up one successful alum for a quote?
Instead PWS uses the ubiquitous Waldorf quote by the American Express guy on their website.


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These were descriptions offered of the leadership groups at PWS:
• COT – make pedagogical decisions. 13 members. (2 on sabbatical). A position on the COT is only available to those teachers who have been at the school at least a year. To be a member of the COT or CLG is a gesture of service, a deed to the school, a commitment. The COT and CLG work on the level of the “super personal”.
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Here is the BARE BONES MINIMUM volunteer requirements for their annual fair called ELVES' FAIRE. It takes the entire parent body plus 6th grade on up.. Here's the break down: Min. of 10 hours of physical work plus each household has to MAKE 10 large handcrafted items, plus MAKE 15 small handcrafted items, plus MAKE a baked good, plus sell or buy $100 of raffle tickets. Are you EXHAUSTED JUST READING THIS?
By their own admission 2,543 volunteer hours are exhausted for set up and hosting the 6-hour fair.
There is much cheering that is included: "be a SUPER ELF AND WORK ALL DAY OF THE FAIRE!"







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11 hrs · Edited · 
Until Waldorf schools honestly explain their application of Anthroposophy and how it is used to teach and why, there will be a lot more horror stories from families feeling deceived, hurt and confused. A lot more stories of children falling behind and needing costly tutors. And a lot more stories that never get told of children who are not challenged, and who are not learning to learn. All are tragedies, and wasteful of our most precious resources, our future. A good school is one where transparency and honesty are prevalent without PR gimmicks and pretty, shiny luring distractions.
Are you really a school or an ideology take care of itself?
Call a Verse A Prayer
Call a Nature Table an Altar
Explain your belief in Reincarnation
Explain the REAL reason for no text books
Explain your belief in karma
Explain why you have vague policies on bullying
Explain why you have vague policies on expulsions
Be more forthright that the College of Teachers makes all curriculum decisions and the COT members are chosen based on their commitment to anthroposophy.
HERE IS THE TEST RESULT OF A SMART CHILD WHO WAS SIMPLY FAILED BY PWS' LACK OF TEACHING. The child was half way through 4th grade and could not write or spell. Given a 2nd chance at another non-Waldorf school, the child now THRIVES as a writer.



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PWS FOSTERS UNIFORMITY
"The process of 'choral reading' in the 2nd Grade serves a social purpose. It helps form the class by having all children read the same material at the same time."
Response to Concerned Parent from 2nd Grade Teacher Who is Having 28 Kids ONLY Choral Read which is BORING to some and some are LOST.


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FERTILE GROUND FOR WITCH HUNTS
Regard to Expulsion, The School has no Definitive Policy or Guidelines.
PWS Parent Meeting:
It was discussed that with regard to expulsion, the school has no definitive policy or guidelines. Currently the parent handbook is very vague on the topic of expulsion and other important topics such as bullying. Parents were very concerned at this lack of clear policy.
Many parents expressed that they were very shaken and disheartened by 
[ recent incident]. Parents felt that it created fear, mistrust, low parent morale, and a lack of safety for the own children. Parents said that they felt scared for their own children wondering, “Will my child be next?” Parents were concerned at how these types of incidents reflect negatively on the school. Parents said that when families are let go it breaches trust in the community and disrupts the sense of peace. Parents observed that there have been many incidents like this in the past that have created a black cloud over the school thereby creating negative press for the school in addition to creating fear and mistrust in the hearts of the parent body.


We saw it with a single mother at the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School. We hardly knew her and only started communicating with her after she suddenly took her children out of the school. It was only then that we learned that she'd spent the last five years trying to deal with the terrible unchecked b…
STEINERMENTARY.COM

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16 hrs · Edited · 
Does PWS Infantilize its Parents?
An Onion Headline or Just Another Day at PWS with Fables and Beeswax.
PWS Teacher Tells Cliche Fable to Parents Who Were Sitting in Tiny Second Grade Chairs looking UP at Teacher.
He's a single, white male who is not a parent:
XX opened the meeting by telling the story of the tortoise and the hare. He said each had their own qualities. The hare had speed, haste and nimbleness and the tortoise was slow and thoughtful. They decided to have a race, each of them trusting in their own skill and trusting that their way would win the race. XX then said that in this situation he was the hare and that he had “acted hastily.” He said that he made a decision from his heart that he truly believed was the right decision. He offered his apology for being the origin of so many of the feelings that came about due to this incident. XX then asked all of us to use a piece of green beeswax to make what would have been the best solution to what had transpired.
·                      Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group Another reaction: XX thought giving us beeswax was arrogant to offer a better solution.
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Pasadena Waldorf School Recovery Group SENIOR PWS LEADERS WERE AT THE MEETING AND THE ADMINISTRATOR -- one parent said, If I attended that meeting while sitting in a 2nd grade chair with PWS faculty and “leaders” talking to me like a 2nd grader and XX telling me a children’s fable —the @#$#@$@#$ tortoise and hare —- and then I was asked to make a beeswax figure to express myself, I would have walked the f$%# out of that classroom.

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19 hrs · Edited · 
PWS Leaders Deflect Responsibility for Hiring a Teacher with No Previous Full-Time Teaching Experience
PWS' Sages Blame the Kids in 2nd Grade For Being Behind a Waldorf Grade 
Level
FACTS:
The teacher had no previous full-time teaching experience.
The average class size at PWS is 20 and the 2nd grade teacher had 28 kids in his class. 
The teacher, according to PWS, did not complete his Waldorf Education Coursework
The teacher worked at the front desk at PWS before taking a class.
The teacher was a "less-experienced candidate"
The teacher was supposedly getting highly-experienced senior teachers as his mentors.
The teacher is not a parent.
The teacher via his mentors told concerned parents to NOT GET A TUTOR during school year.
Some parents were denied repeated requests to visit the classroom and learn more about the kid's academic life.
PWS Message to Parents:
For some time, Waldorf schools, including PWS, have been trying to “grow their own” teachers, and we have been thinking about how we can support the development of talented teaching candidates who show promise and skill within our own communities. This coming year we are in the fortunate and unique position to be able to take advantage of the gifts of our highly-experienced senior teachers to serve as mentors to less-experienced candidates, enhancing the professional level of our faculty and our collaborative, collegial working together.
It is not unusual for class teachers to start their first grades before fully completing their Waldorf Education coursework. Because this fall, at the beginning of his journey as a class teacher, Mr. Loeser will be in that situation, we are especially happy to ensure that he will be working under the careful mentoring aegis of Dennis Demanett, Aleide Murray, and Blair Manzke, supported by the entire PWS colleagueship.

The truth about Waldorf education — including its occult underpinnings.
SITES.GOOGLE.COM