It is frustrating that those with influence do not understand the nature of Steiner education, and are reluctant to look in to it sufficiently in order to understand it.
Our former MP David Drew has stated his support for Steiner education and current MP Mr Carmichael does not oppose the free school application. As we know, the Steiner movement managed to win the support of the DfE for state funding, but perhaps not the support of the civil servants who looked in more detail.
Mr Carmichael, who was on the Education Select Committee, and should have even greater reason to get to the bottom of the matter, does not know anything whatsoever about anthroposophy, and thinks the free school “will not be a Steiner school” despite it being pointed out that it will be under the leadership and direction of the SWSF. The name does slightly give it away too…
If it is not going to be a Steiner school, I think parents are being misled. What kind of education does Mr Carmichael think the children will receive, if not a Steiner one? In this case, I think they have even more explaining to do.
It is frustrating yet understandable, when we consider how the Steiner movement operates; economy with the truth is one way of describing it, obfuscation and deliberate misrepresentation of the facts would be another.
In “Faculty meetings with teachers -1919 – 1922” Rudolf Steiner talked about joining the Waldorf school with the school of Spiritual Science.
A teacher asked “Should we work toward making it possible for the Waldorf school to be under Dornach?”
“At the moment, if that connection were made official, people could break the Waldorf school’s neck.”
“What we can do…there is another way that could immediately bring you closer to your intention of complete connection with the anthroposophical movement. The proposal is that the Waldorf school declare itself prepared to host a conference that the anthroposophical society would present at Easter at the school. No-one could complain about that.
Certainly the independent Waldorf school could hold an anthroposophical conference on its own grounds. That is something we can do…I do not think there will be any public objection and the officials at the ministry will not even understand the difference. They will certainly not understand what it means.”
Pulling the wool over the eyes of “the ministry” seems to have begun at Steiner’s instigation, nearly 100 years ago, and if the reactions of ministers these days is anything to go on, continues to this day.
I already mentioned the role of the Easter Conference, in “training” both state and independent Steiner school teachers, and that the conference last year was held at a state funded Steiner School.
Some of the faculty meetings book is available to read on line.