Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tamarack Waldorf School Reviews by Parents

http://www.greatschools.org/school/parentReviews.page?id=3002&state=WI&sortBy=dd\
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Posted May 1, 2013

My child was treated very poorly by the staff at this school - mainly the early childhood staff. Early childhood teachers in the Waldorf community are supposed to be grandmotherly - warm and nurturing. What we experienced was very far from loving. They are also not accepting of children with differing needs - or "perceived needs" - and don't use proper channels to assess whether a child is right for their school or not. It's a shame that what should be a lovely school makes so many young children feel sad and disliked. I hope that their early childhood program is able to improve to better meet the needs of Milwaukee's youth.
—Submitted by a parent
http://www.greatschools.org/school/parentReviews.page?id=3002&state=WI&sortBy=dd\
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Some reviews are right to the point:

Posted February 2, 2012
We have withdrawn our children because they were not safe at school - in the
school or on the playground. —Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2011
Very upsetting experience, minimal supervision at recess, violence is tolerated
and the needs of bullying children seem to take priority. Though good things are
present, ineptitude and disorganization lead to a "Lord of the Flies" type
atmosphere. Very expensive and dissapointing experience. —Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2011
After my eagerness to enroll my child in Tamarack for K4, I was very displeased
with how things turned out. Supposedly my child had a temper tantrum problem,
however the K4 teacher waited a month before telling me anything about the
problem, even though she said it existed from the beginning. By that point it
was completely out of her control but she expected me, as a full-time working
parent to commit to an on-call schedule and pick my child up whenever they
called and said she'd gotten to be too much. Additionally, she placed labels on
my child like "special-needs" and stated that she made "cerebal-palsy like
movements" and was just completely out of control. I am 100% for working with
teachers to do what is best for our children, but not ok with a teacher who is
quick to label a child before she has even attempted to work with the parents.
And that doesn't mean waiting a month before trying to do so. I am sure Tamarack
is an excellent school for grades 1-8, and wish we could have continued, but our
start was less than positive.
—Submitted by a parent

October 04, 2011
horrible school. would rather walk infront of a moving train than send my
childre here, I graduated from this school and have nothing good to say about
their lack of teaching skills.


http://www.yellowpages.com/milwaukee-wi/mip/tamarack-waldorf-school-457917637/re\
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janhallow 10/04/2011
never go here!

never go here! run away as fast as you can. this place is run by pot smoking
hippies. my son went for a week and we will never ever come back


JanetHallow
Joined 7 months ago
October 04, 2011
horrible school. would rather walk infront of a moving train than send my childre here, I graduated from this school and have nothing good to say about their lack of teaching skills.

3 comments:

  1. How is what you are doing contributing to the good of the world? Do you really believe that only you know the truth? I am neither a Waldorf teacher nor a Waldorf administrator and I give my school 5 stars because my children are HAPPY. What you are doing is in fact evil, misguided and wrong. Please stop.

    I chose "anonymous" because it doesn't matter who I am. Just because you're willing to name yourself as a hater doesn't make your experience more valid then mine. And I don't need you maligning me personally, as that appears your modus operandi.

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    1. "How is what you are doing contributing to the good of the world?"

      How is what Waldorf is doing contributing to the good of the world? They behave dishonestly - as is demonstrated by these collected reviews. Dishonesty around children is a dangerous combination.

      "Do you really believe that only you know the truth?"

      Do you?

      "I am neither a Waldorf teacher nor a Waldorf administrator and I give my school 5 stars because my children are HAPPY."

      Happiness is an important part of childhood... but happiness does not an education make... sorry. Children who aren't encumbered with academics are very likely to appear happy. If the criteria for a good education is happiness, why not just send them to Disneyland instead of Waldorf?

      "What you are doing is in fact evil, misguided and wrong. Please stop."

      No... disguising that Waldorf is only here for the promotion of Anthroposophy is wrong. There's nothing wrong with exposing dishonesty - especially when it involves children. In fact, it's another way of saying... "Please stop".

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You may ask, "where are all the 5=Star reviews?" Well, the problem with those reviews is that many tend not to be too honest. I have included 4-star reviews that appear honest. Often, gushing reviews are placed by teachers and administrators - as some comments here indicate. "This school educates the whole child!!!" - 5 stars - by Anonymous... I say baloney! Notice, many of the reviewers have been misled by Waldorf and are still buying the PR, even after having been disappointed. Feel free to comment but understand the intent of this blog. Comments are no longer moderated.