The Waldorf pedagogy naturally addresses issues of Social Inclusion (SI) through curriculum and pedagogical stories, drama, games and artistic development. These components of the curriculum help to build impulse control, empathy, perspective and imagination in the children. These skills are important for the development of healthy social interaction. In addition, the practice of politeness and courtesy within the school further strengthens the healthy social life of the community.
The Minnesota Waldorf School recognizes that social conflict is an integral part of human growth and development which must be guided rather than avoided. As a school we strive to help children learn how to resolve conflicts. The Social Inclusion Response Plan provides a structure to guide students through conflict and to affect meaningful change in students’ social behavior.
If we hold goodness and love inside of ourselves, our world and school can be a better place. There are ways to make school life more enjoyable for all of us.” – Excerpt from the Code of Compassion, created by students of the 2007 Social Action Committee.