Social Awareness is Intrinsic to the Curriculum
The Mixed Class
In Waldorf schools obtaining a broad social mix is a basic principle of the work. It is generally considered desirable that we should live in a tolerant and compassionate society. The attitudes we develop about childhood lay the foundation for this. If social awareness rather than class or ethnic division is to be achieved, then school classes need to consist of children of many abilities and social contexts so that the learners can discover that everyone has an equal value regardless of their circumstances, gender, ethnic or religious background. This is a firmly upheld policy of Waldorf schools although; certain schools have serious financial strain because they do not have government subsidies.
Inner Commitment of the Teacher
Additionally Waldorf teachers are expected to develop a willingness to work on their own meditative life. They do this in a way in which learners are considered as individuals, so that a clearer conception is built up of what they will need in the next lesson. Such non-judgmental thoughts about other people have the potential of facilitating relationships and overcoming difficulties. The consistent effort of the teacher is to carefully observe the nature of the growing child in all.htmlects, to see the child as he or she can become. This opens doors for unlimited potential.
A fundamental component of the Waldorf curriculum is the inclusion Eurythmy as a subject. Exclusively taught in Waldorf schools, it is an art of movement that engages the whole human being, integrating bodily movement with movements that arise within the soul. These inner movements, that give rise to speech and music are transformed into outer movements. This has benefit for the individual child and also strongly develops a social consciousness, as the pupils work together in movement as a group.