“There’s the inability in this country to disentangle self-worth from a career” – Christina Shideler
You’ve probably heard of Waldorf, but most people don’t know what it is. Based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual philosophy and the idea of giving children a holistic education, it’s one of the fastest growing alternative educational systems in the world.
I entered the fairy tale world of Waldorf with the best intentions, completed my training, and began teaching at a fledgling school. It was not the positive and nurturing environment I’d expected, and two years later, when it became apparent I didn’t fit in, I was fired. I was devastated and lost my faith.
In the following years I went looking for myself, and found clues in the most unlikely places, between root beer and burgers, a shoebox and a book on tape.
The Missing Teacher explores the personality of education, looks into one of the most controversial education systems, and is about the education of self.