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“B******t Jobs: A Theory” is a 2018 book by anthropologist David Graeber, who contends that more than half of societal work is pointless, and becomes psychologically damaging when connected with a work ethic that associates work with self-worth. If you know someone who is currently stuck in one of those jobs, why not encourage them to look into changing careers.

Doing Something Worthwhile

They could, for instance, become a Waldorf teacher. Waldorf teaching can be a rewarding career while also giving you the feeling that you are actually doing something that makes the world a better place. Become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Plus, you’ll be learning a lot of things you might have missed by not having had a Waldorf education yourself.

Out there in the educational marketplace, Waldorf is a popular choice for families who value a deeper human development for their children, one that goes beyond the standard intellectual learning to also cultivate practical and artistic abilities, one that meets the developing human being at each stage of their growth with spirit-inspired relevance. 

One Year to a New Career

RSCT offers one of the few remaining full-time Waldorf teacher education programs in the English-speaking world. This program lasts for one academic year (5 1/2 days a week), plus three weeks in the summer. Included in that time are ten weeks of observation and practice teaching in a Waldorf school classroom. Practice teaching is spread out over the year in three blocks, one two-week block for observation and two four-weeks blocks of teaching practice.

No Prior Experience Necessary

It used to be that you needed prior paid teaching experience to enroll in a Waldorf teacher program at the RSCT, and while that’s still the case with the part-time and early childhood programs, since September 2020 (when RSCT was granted private career college status), prior paid teaching experience is no longer required to enter the full-time grades program.

20 Positions Vacant Right Now

Currently, as of May 12, 2021 there are 20 Waldorf teaching positions advertised, on the RSCT website alone. So there is clearly a demand for Waldorf educators, all across North America and beyond. 

Some of the positions advertised are entry-level assistant positions, some are from newly-forming homeschool groups, and some are for fully-qualified experienced teachers. So there are plenty of opportunities for graduates to put their newly-acquired skills to use and get to work helping to make the world a better place. 

Don’t Delay, Make Your Move,

Learn more at https://rscc.ca/waldorfgradeschoolfulltime/ or call the Steiner Centre at 905-764-7570 and talk to program director James Brian about your situation. Tuition assistance is available.

Want to learn more about Graeber’s book and theory? Here’s an excerpt from a review in the Globe and Mail: 

“Graeber points out that since the 1970s, the culture within corporate capitalism shifted dramatically. Previously it was, as Graeber explains, “independent of, and to some extent, hostile to the interests of high finance.”

But everything changed when the financial sector and the upper echelons of the corporate sector fused. This fusion has led to a vicious cycle whereby workers and employers no longer feel any loyalty to each other, and consequently have to be “increasingly monitored, managed and surveilled.” The bullshit-job industry goes against the general rule of capitalism, which hires the smallest number of people to produce the most profit. Paradoxically, it hires more people to do less work.

This shift has created a world in which employers speak in a paternalistic-fictitious language, layered with bureaucratic confusion. Both worker and boss play out a series of confusing mind games to keep a system that benefits a small elite in power.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that employees across the West have increasingly come to hate their jobs. Mass outbreaks of anxiety and depression have followed closely behind. So too, Graeber argues with conviction, has a culture of envy, leaving a terrible psychic wound on the Western collective-consciousness.…”. Read the whole review

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