29 November 2005

a joke and a self portrait

And now I will leave you with a joke I heard today. I don’t usually tell jokes, but this one tickled me, and besides, I’ve had a glass of wine tonight.

So here it is, for the two of you who will actually get it.

How many Steiner (Waldorf) teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
Five.
(One to light the candle, one to say the verse, one to investigate Steiner’s indications to see if really, natural light is better for the children, one to change the bulb anyway and one to lead the closing song.)


(Apparently there’s a whole series of them, including:
How many Steiner students does it take to change a light bulb?
None. That doesn’t enter the curriculum until the higher grades.)




Note: Yes, my children go to a Steiner school. Yes, I can still laugh about it.


Sensible self portrait tuesday post further down.

9 comments:

Loretta said...

I find the whole Steiner thing fascinating, and have recently read "You are your child's first teacher", "Across (or over?) the rainbow bridge", etc.
It's so interesting hearing how your family lives the philosophy. I just take the bits I like and try and incorporate them into our lives (daily rhythms, the natural world). It's hard just doing the very basics.
I think you're doing a great job!
PS I *did* get the joke though :-)

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I would so love to send my kids Steiner, and while I could handle the fees and the lack of after school care (just!) I soooo can't afford to live in the few places in Sydney where access to the schools would be feasible. Still, I work in education and yes, totally get the joke and will be passing it on to one of our non-gov school inspectors tomorrow if that's ok... they need to smile more!

Here's a longer version for you, courtesy of Google, happy Advent:

Q. How many anthroposophists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. I don't know. Steiner never gave an indication.

Q. How many Steiner teachers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Seven: One to read the verse, one to light the candle, one to sound the chime, one to compose the request to the administrator, two to review the request to the administrator, and one to lead the closing song.

Q. How many Steiner students does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. None. That doesn't enter the curriculum until the higher grades.

Q. How many Steiner parents does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Two: One to consult with the teacher to decide that natural lighting would be more beneficial to the child and one to screw the darn thing in anyway.

Q. How many Steiner school board members does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Three: One to phone the members not present at the meeting to ensure a consensus, one to find a volunteer, and one to follow up.

Q. How many Steiner school graduates does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. One.

blackbird said...

Hey, I got it!

amanda said...

i get it. ;) very funny...

BabelBabe said...

funny : )

jess said...

I especially like the "light the candle" part - I went to a Waldorfy school for 3 years.

robin said...

oh i get it alright! ack ack ack ack!

now printing up to give to my daughter's (waldorf) teacher, who also has a sense of humor about the thing.

thank you for the laugh. drink more wine!

stephanie said...

very funny!

since my kids are Montessori-schooled, I'll make this one up:

Q: How many Montessori teachers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: The teachers don't screw in the light bulb. That's the child's work.

Tamara said...

My drink almost came out my nose when I read this joke! (must go; one can't be late to Steiner playgroup. It interrupts the flow of the session.)