I have been told by several people in no uncertain terms, that I am not qualified to criticise the Steiner movement because I don’t know enough about it.
Some of these are students who reject my criticisms because they cannot see that their Steiner education operates in such a way that they are indoctrinated without their knowledge.
I understand their confusion.
Some (like Geoff) do not argue with the fact that anthroposophy is indeed part of the fabric of Steiner education, and maintain that this is no bad thing – they even say that it has a positive effect, making the students confident and giving them “relational and emotional intelligence”.
This I suppose is positive thinking – when you have invested years in supporting your children through Waldorf, you need to convince yourself you have done the right thing. I wonder how those same children, from the same families, would have turned out having gone to a normal school? Also, I am afraid that it is common for some parents to be indoctrinated themselves and drawn in to the cult of Steiner, with the result that they cannot see clearly.
And then there are the “dyed in the wool anthroposophists” – to borrow a phrase from MarkH. These are the people who really want to keep me quiet, and their argument, alongside the personal attacks, is that I don’t understand anthroposophy/occultism.
If we think about this for a moment, it is a huge insult to the parents of kindergarten and Steiner Waldorf school children, who have been shelling out for a Steiner education, many of whom know very little, if anything, about anthroposophy.
The people who run these institutions are quite happy to take the money and welcome the families into their schools, without telling them anything about their creed!
Any parent who asks about the reasons for some of the oddities they encounter in their child’s Steiner school, are told that there is a “higher purpose” that they do not understand.
As MarkH said, if anthroposophy is so great, why isn’t it promoted? Why are parents left to find out by chance, or not at all? Why is it in fact hidden away, or even denied?
Steiner defenders are contemptuous of me for what they see as my lack of understanding of anthroposophy, therefore we have to wonder what they think about the parents of the children they are indoctrinating.