Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, former Waldorf student (Waldorf School
of Garden City):
"My parents were looking for a school
that would nurture the whole person. They also felt that the Waldorf school
would be a far more open environment for African Americans, and that was
focused on educating students with values, as well as the academic tools
necessary to be constructive and contributing human beings. ... I think
the end result of Waldorf education is to raise our consciousness. There
is a heightened consciousness of what our senses bring us from the world
around us, about our feelings, about the way we relate to other people.
It taught me how to think for myself, to be responsible for my decisions.
Second, it made me a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others. And
third, it helped establish meaningful beliefs. In all the Main Block lessons
-- in history, science, philosophy -- we really probed the importance of
values and beliefs. In dealing with a lot of complex issues and a lot of
stress, if that isn't balanced by a core of meaningful beliefs, you really
will just be consumed and fail."
Margulies, Actress, former Waldorf student (High Mowing Waldorf
"The first time I understood the benefit
of a Waldorf education was my first week in college. Students around me
were flipping out because they were afraid of writing papers. At High Mowing
we had at least ten pages to write every night. It was such a big part
of our education that I was very confident in my writing. We had to analyze
each scene, then write the analysis. I still have my "Faust" main lesson
book with me. When I wrote about it, I was able to expand my thinking and
make it my own. That's what's so wonderful about Waldorf education. You're
exposed to all these different ideas, but you're never given one view of
it. You're encouraged to think as an individual."
Diana Kerry, sister of former Presidential candidate John Kerry about
the time she and John Kerry went to the Rudolf Steiner School in Berlin
in 1954 (at ages 7 and 11 respectively), during their father's work there
as diplomat at the American Consulate:
"The classes were in German. Of course
I did not understand much at first. During a stage play I had to play the
devil - the role had no lines. But in the end I knew the whole play by
heart. I learnt German quickly, and John also still knows some words."
"I think that this time in Berlin somehow set the course for my life."
(Der Tagesspiegel, Nov. 2, 2004)
Aniston, Actress, former Waldorf student:
"I was always fascinated by acting,
but my experience at Rudolf Steiner [school] encouraged me to pursue it
as a career." "Steiner was a free-spirited school that encouraged creativity
Watson, International fashion photographer, former Waldorf student
at the Rudolf Steiner school in Edinburgh:
"It was art-oriented, that's for sure.
They were very interested in your inner creativity, but at the same time
they were instilling a certain amount of discipline to maximise it. And
I have, from my Scottish background, a very, very solid work ethic. I'm
dedicated to the work, to doing good work and doing things the right way."
Ende, Author: "The Neverending Story", former Waldorf student:
"I am deeply grateful for Waldorf education,
which woke me up and helped me rediscover my imagination."
For more information on the experiences of
Waldorf alumni, we recommend Learning to Learn: this book contains short biographies and relates how
Waldorf education made an impact in the lives of twenty-six Waldorf alumni.
See also the International
List of Famous Waldorf alumni. (At the bottom this page also lists
a number of famous Waldorf parents).