Here is a chance to make our experience in Steiner or any other school count.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission are carrying out a survey to gather information for the government on how religious belief affects our experiences in the workplace and in services we receive including education.
This can include any experience where believing or not believing can mean we are discriminated against in some way.
I completed the survey as a “service user” because of our experience with religious proselytising in our children’s schools. Education comes up as a selection part way through the survey.
My child’s secondary school saw fit to invite a group of Christians in to spend a whole morning with the young people doing activities which in a round-about way directed them towards belief in a god. As parents we knew nothing of this until later on when our child mentioned a video they had watched involving a gorilla. Through lengthy questioning we worked out what had happened.
Since we are not believers we did not see this as a constructive way to spend lesson time.
I guess the school probably ticked a box about teaching religion by doing this but it would have been nice if they had informed parents.
Anyway I am sure we all have our stories to tell, and it would be useful to share them as part of this research.
Anyone discriminated against in a Steiner school through not sharing belief in the the “spiritual science” espoused there, or perhaps questioning the practice of using reincarnation as a framework for running a school would be able to recount their experiences.
The survey can be found here, and only takes a few minutes.