Kelvin (9) is a very creative and artistic child, who has not felt at home in the public school system. We have felt that the school system out here (Enebakk, Norway) does not really support nor promote these attributes in children, much to our (and Kelvin's) frustration. So after much deliberation, we decided to try out Rudolf Steiner private school, whose philosophy is "education is an artistic process." What the public school consider frills, Waldorf schools consider essential, e.g., weaving, knitting, playing a musical instrument, woodcarving, and painting. After three months, we can clearly see that it was the right choice for Kelvin.
Read more about the school founder: Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), and about the schooling concept: Waldorf Education