In this week’s issue of the magazine, Ian Johnson looks at the rise of the Waldorf Education movement—an alternative educational system that emphasizes play, creativity, and independence—among the emerging middle class in China: http://nyr.kr/1hFuM8P
Here’s a look at Carolyn Drake’s photographs of the Chengdu Waldorf School: http://nyr.kr/1hFtTxe
Waldorf classrooms have no computers, overhead projectors, or retractable screens. Instead, the teacher writes everything on the blackboard. Here the teacher has drawn a chalk picture of a Chinese myth. The early years of the Waldorf curriculum include lots of creation myths and fables.
Photograph by Carolyn Drake/Panos.