Waldorf For All
At Minnesota Waldorf School, the image of each individual as an equally divine spiritual being forms the bedrock of our curriculum, our teaching methods, and of every interaction that we hold with the students in our care. We value and celebrate diversity in all forms, and work to joyfully uplift diverse voices in our community and curriculum, especially those of the global majority. We believe in fostering a community that welcomes all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, or cultural difference.
The Minnesota Waldorf School categorically rejects the devaluing of any human being and denounces racism, bigotry, and oppression in all forms. This includes any statements made by Rudolf Steiner regarding race which are not in alignment with our values and views. At MWS we are continually working to dismantle the influences of racism from within our curriculum and pedagogy, and are committed to engaging in actively anti-racist education. We believe that this work is at the core of what will carry the impulse of Waldorf education into the future, and are united in this commitment at all levels of school leadership including the faculty, college, and board.
The Minnesota Waldorf School welcomes and supports our LGBTQIA+ families and students.
The Minnesota Waldorf School welcomes and supports our families and students of color.
The Minnesota Waldorf School welcomes and supports our immigrant families and students.
Statement of Equity and Racial Justice from The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) recognizes the historic and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and the injustice and discrimination faced by Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color. We understand that racial justice in education is a journey of both moral and educational imperative. As such, we take seriously our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to center the voices of color in justice work, and to change the course of inequities by identifying and breaking down structural racism in all forms within Waldorf education.
We acknowledge that Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education (1919), offered many profound insights that support the value and dignity of each human being and form the foundation of our organization’s histories and worldview. Yet, he also made statements that reflect harmful assertions regarding race and ethnicity. Racism, explicit or implicit, stands in direct conflict to the fundamental principles of Waldorf education. We commit to working to address any dehumanizing or disparaging aspects of our history and practices.