Decolonizing means critically reflecting on what we teach, how we teach and why we teach what we do, to ensure that Waldorf education is truly inclusive, celebrates diversity and enables children and young people to develop intercultural competence. It means countering all forms of discrimination, giving voices to those who have been marginalized by history and avoiding essentialist ideas of culture, cultures, cultural evolution, peoples, nations, languages, historical periods and all psychological typologies of people.
The function of this course is to contribute to the network of ideas and facilitate their flow in all directions. It seeks to provide a space for ideas, experiences and discourse in support of the processes of decolonizing through Waldorf education.
Dr. Martyn Rawson was born in Glasgow in 1954. He studied English and History, and later did an MA and Professional Doctorate. He has been a teacher in Waldorf schools in the UK and Germany since 1979, working as a class teacher, subject teacher and high school teacher. He has taught on a number of Waldorf teacher education programmes and currently teaches at the Waldorf seminar in Kiel and at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart. He has carried out research, published a number of books on aspects of Waldorf education and has been an advisor and lecturer internationally for many years.