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Back to the Future: Waldorf Education, Now More than Ever An Evening with Jack Petrash
November 16, 2017
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Waldorf Education has been around for nearly 100 years, which begs the question: “Do these educational principles still work?” Compared with mainstream classrooms’ smart boards and laptops, beeswax, knitting, and handmade books may evoke another era; however, it is precisely because of our time-tested approach that Waldorf Education prepares students to be divergent thinkers who see more than one answer to a problem, and are capable of seeing the questions no one else is asking. And contemporary educators, neuroscientists, and economists are backing this perspective.
Jack Petrash has been a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School for over thirty years. He has taken four classes on the extended journey from grade one to grade eight. Jack is also the founder and director of the Nova Institute, an organization that works to build a bridge between mainstream education and Waldorf Education. He is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out and his TEDx talk, “Preparing Children for the Journey,” has been seen by many parents and teachers in Waldorf communities in North America.
In addition, Petrash has worked with parent education, and particularly with fathers. His pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on NPR. He is the author of Covering Home: Lessons on Fathering from the Game of Baseball and Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guide to Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline. Jack and his wife, Carol, have raised three children all of whom have gone through the Waldorf School from preschool to grade twelve.