As anti-vaxx dispute rages, attention turns to California’s Waldorf schools

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The private schools stress nature, creative expression and hands-on learning but the 27 in the state have very low vaccination rates

On a rainy Saturday in May, small children in tall boots, wool caps and rain gear watched marionettes perform a fairytale in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park. The crowd had gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf schools, the private schools that emphasize nature, creative expression and hands-on learning over tests and technology.

It was an enchanting scene with piglet puppets, waving stars and tinkling chimes. It may also have been the largest under-vaccinated group of children in the region.

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