Today I met a Dutchman – a member of the first class in anthroposophy, no less. I do not think he was a regular on the stall in town where they collect signatures for the new Free School.
The other two people knew the stock answer “we do not teach anthroposophy” , but this fellow, when asked why potential recruits were not being told about anthroposophy in any of the leaflets being distributed, explained helpfully;
“It is best not to tell people at the beginning – they might think it is a religion.”
Such obfuscation is of course not uncommon in the promotion of Steiner schools. It is rare to hear the real reason put into words however. I do hope parents may be learning some of the questions to ask about Waldorf now. Sometimes it is possible to get an honest answer, as I found out today.