What I Learned This Week

What China’s fascination with Waldorf education portends about innovation and global entrepreneurship.

A dear friend of ours is a lifelong educator and a leading expert on Waldorf, a model of child-centered education founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 in Stuttgart. These days she is in huge demand lecturing and organizing Waldorf workshops across China. As the U.S. and other Western countries are standardizing curriculums to boost international test scores, China is moving in the other direction. Chinese education is authoritarian in nature and it has been for centuries—flowing from a 2,000-year history of imperial exams. But Beijing understands that this model will not suffice going forward. To propel economic and sustainable growth, countries need to promote education that produces good…

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