Ecoles Steiner-Waldorf et respect du droit du travail

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La Vérité sur les écoles Steiner-Waldorf

Le passage ci-dessous est extrait de mon article intitulé Extraits édifiants des Conseils de Rudolf Steiner aux professeurs de la première école de Stuttgart. Il m’a semblé utile s’en proposer une republication isolée, en ce qu’il éclaire de façon singulière l’origine de l’irrespect du droit du travail que l’on peut rencontrer dans les écoles Steiner-Waldorf, et les formes de dérives en tout genre qui peuvent en découler. Cette origine se trouve dans certaines consignes de gestion des écoles que Rudolf Steiner a lui-même donné à ses disciples-pédagogues :

« – Rudolf Steiner : Au sein du corps des professeurs, nous devons toujours retenir que nous, les hommes, ne sommes pas là pour nous-mêmes, mais pour réaliser les plans divins sur le monde. Gardons en conscience le fait que, lorsque nous accomplissons telle ou telle chose, nous réalisons en fait  les intentions des dieux, que nous sommes, en quelque sorte, les…

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  1. Helen

    Mr Perra on teaching conditions and employment law;

    I provide a summary in English for anyone who doesn’t read French. He has written before about how detrimental working as a teacher in a Steiner school can be to the health of an individual.

    He mentioned in his article “My life among them” how even the teacher training can be so psychologically draining because of the methods used to reach in to the mind of the candidates and search their innermost thoughts, that many quit part way through in considerable distress. (If only the courses were so rigorous in their instruction on teaching!)

    In this post he talks about the way teachers are ground down by the terms and conditions – not being paid for their working hours and being expected to give themselves up entirely to their work.
    He says within Steiner Waldorf schools there is little regard paid to employment law.

    “Employment law, the fruit of struggles of the twentieth century, is specifically intended to protect the employee from excessive investment in his work, whether voluntary or forced. For this type of investment would cause a teacher to forget about himself and not pay attention to his own health, both physical and mental. In addition, the state of exhaustion often leads to not knowing how to properly assess the risks and hazards.”

    According to Mr Perra and others, teachers are expected to put their work before everything, even their families.
    The result of this kind of enforced devotion to duty, he says, is

    “…many teachers who finish their careers in poor health , or completely exhausted, embittered , destroyed, worn out by sleepless nights.Sometimes they experience tangled issues or illicit relationships with students, because they have not kept up their personal life outside, that would have reduced the possibility of this kind of temptation in school. Such aspects of Steiner push the boundaries of legality.”

    The reason for all this, he says, is bound up with what Steiner said in his “Conversations with teachers”;

    ” – Rudolf Steiner: Within the body of teachers, we must always remember that we men are not here for ourselves, but to realize the divine plan of the world. Keep in mind the fact that when we do certain things, we actually realize the intentions of the gods, we are, somehow, receptacles intended to produce currents that come from above and will become real in the world. We must never stop feeling the seriousness and the sacred nature of our task.” (From page 132)

    Mr Perra says;
    “With this admonition Rudolf Steiner reveals unambiguously that the so-called “Waldorf teaching method” is mostly a matter of religion and not of educational theory. Educators serve the gods! Teaching in a Waldorf school is a pantheistic priesthood. We are in a religious order process, not in the context of an innovative way of educating based on an anthropological exploration. When the Federation of Waldorf Schools continues to present its schools and methods as it does today, it lies, it hides the religious and missionary character of the business, that Steiner’s words clearly reveal.”

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