This is interesting and I suppose accurate. However, I don’t think that the majority of Waldorf parents (across the US, probably worldwide) are in the same bracket as these Silicon Valley parents. I know Waldorf education is becoming more and more popular, and people are seeking it out as a comparable contender to other private schools - as well they should.
However, I look at it from the perspective of someone who attended Waldorf because my parents believed in a philosophy (Anthrosposophy), and a way of life. At the two Waldorf schools that I went to, especially the high school, many families could not afford the tuition (which was not as high then as in this article, and I’m fairly confident that, though it has risen, it still isn’t that much. I mean, we are in upstate NY). They made it work and sacrificed so that their kids could attend (One or both parents worked at the school so the kids could attendfor a discount/free in many cases).
Anyway, I’m not totally sure what my point is here. I’m glad that Waldorf is gaining popularity. I think it can be a fabulous education, depending on the school and the child (and the teacher as a child has the same teacher for 1-8 grades). I don’t think this article thoroughly described what the education is, and what beliefs it is based on. It didn’t even mention the man himself, Rudolf Steiner ;) I guess that wasn’t the point really, it was moreso to point out the irony of Silicon Valley kids being “unplugged”.
I loved the reference to “retro” style classrooms. Hahahah.