Sometimes on Steiner- friendly websites there will be suggested Rudolph Steiner titles to read. As previously mentioned, there is a large selection.
Glimpsing the titles of just one or two of these would give an enormous clue as to the nature of the writing, and may well be enough to put most people off. I guess for a parent who is curious about some of the goings on at school, and perhaps not receiving a straight answer from staff, there may be an incentive to take a deep breath and plunge in.
However, one book which does not appear on recommended reading lists for parents is “Occult Science”. Presumably this could be seen as too much for a parent to handle.
Teachers however, are recommended to read this gem. It is considered useful for teachers, when needing advice about “Rückschau”. Its approximate translation is “reverse review” or “daily rewind”, according to the Handbook for Waldorf Class Teachers.
(In most English schools this is known as a lesson evaluation.)
”Unfortunately there seems to be no elegant alternative in English to the German word [rückschau], so we will continue to use the latter as a technical term”, says the compiler, Kevin Avison.
He suggests making a Rückschau of the morning lesson so that “…events…can be placed into the lap of one’s angel before sleep with a prayer towards the wisdom (and possibly repentance) of the following morning.”
I suppose some parents (the ones drawn to anthroposophy – there will be some…) may be reassured by the thought of teachers having their own personal angel and using it. Some may be alarmed.