Trend Germany and has grown to 1.092 Steiner

Trend AnalysisSelecting a school for a child can be very overwhelming for parents these days. Besides being flourished with a wide range of curriculums and philosophies schools offer, parents nowadays stand before the choice of enrolling their child into mainstream education or alternatives such as Steiner education, Montessori or Dalton.One alternative method of educating was introduced by Rudolf Steiner. Steiner’s education system focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the child instead of solely teaching academic knowledge and meeting a grade standard. It encourages creative thinking by adopting methods that involve the arts, music and craftsmanship. The priority of the Steiner ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy of learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or educating children to a high level at an earlier age (About, 2018). Steiner education was first introduced in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany and has grown to 1.092 Steiner schools in over 64 countries (Waldorf, 2017). Although it inspires a lot of parents to choose in favor of Steiner education, it has received a backlash on controversy regarding the philosophy on which the education was created. Founder Rudolf Steiner, was a philosopher and occultist. He created the spiritual philosophy, anthroposophy, where he engages religious ideas from the Far East with aspects of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Gnosticism (Williams, 2016). Steiner’s curriculum was based on this spiritual philosophy. The controversy was about the so-called reincarnation through the races. Steiner believed that the souls of humans evolve through reincarnation with white people ranking at the top and people of colour could only hope to be reincarnated if they have good karma. Many parents with children enrolled at a Steiner school have experienced odd and racist altercations. These altercations led to great discussions on whether the Steiner schools are mixing modern education with the philosophy (anthroposophy), which involve racial elements and odd occultism.Steiner education is an innovative way of teaching and is an educational curriculum that encourages both academic knowledge and creative development. To be able to survive in a professional working environment, children should have to learn and get used to the fact that results depend on practice and learning. Despite varying in execution of the curriculum from mainstream schools, both provide creativeness in academic learning. When looking at the educational structure of Steiner schools in Australia, for example, the curriculum consist of two phases of which the first focuses on subjects such as Math, History and Science and the second of Civil Economics, the Arts and Health Physical Education (Day, n.d.). A variety of topics are then integrated across many subjects to provide the students with a multitude of perspectives. As aspiring teachers, the group chose to analyse a growing trend within the field of education because of the importance of the awareness of developments and trends within one’s field. Although the Steiner education system received some negativity, it is still a growing trend and also happens to be the largest group of independent, non-denominational schools in the world (R., 2015). This made the group choose to research this specific trend and analyse it by means of comparing and assessing the data that have been conducted through several research methods. Throughout the years, the field of English teaching has changed in content and curriculum design. English teachers are ought to use more cross-curricular programmes throughout the study. Cultural awareness and multicultural methods in study materials are more of importance. This way students become more aware of different cultures and identities. The emphasis is not only on teaching language skills, but also on critical thinking and integration of information technology in teaching (Sun, 2014).  The group finds that that these changes have a positive impact on the way of educating at the University of Applied Science Utrecht, for the reason that the group supports these changes in the educational field of English teaching. As aspiring teachers, the group acknowledges that there is more to teaching English than only language skills. Classrooms are becoming more multicultural, therefore it is of importance that English teachers in training develop cultural awareness skills to be able to recognize and deal with students with a different background. Besides the social skills, the group states that teaching could be more optimialized by integrating technology into the classroom and teaching. A great example of integrating technology with teaching is the use of kahoot and online quizlets as a form of educating. All in all, the group does not support Steiner education, for the reason that children should be educated on both creativeness and academic learning and not focus on just one aspect of the development of the child. The way of teaching children has changed throughout the years by embracing technology in teaching and acknowledging multicultural classrooms and cross-cultures. Steiner schools have failed to respect and engage these major changes into their curriculum. Therefor, the group does not advocate Steiner education and acknowledges mainstream education as the best way to develop a child on a creative and professional level. About The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. (2018). Retrieved January 26, 2018, from, P. (n.d.). Curriculum Structure. Retrieved January 26, 2018, from (2015, January 14). What is a Steiner school? Retrieved January 26, 2018, from, R. 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