A Steiner school in New Jersey was accused of unlawfully expelling a special needs student “due to the student mother’s advocacy”, according to a report in the local media “Princeton Patch“.
Steve Paris alerted me to this story, and has written about it in detail on Steinermentary. He writes about how this method of blaming parents for failures in Steiner schools is not new, and that such instances have been reported around the world. In these cases Steiner school management does not seem capable of reasonable dialogue and an acceptable way forward, but instead expels children and blames the parents.
In the Princeton case the matter went to a criminal rights court and was decided in favour of the family. As Steve points out in his post, it is time-consuming and stressful for a family to gain vindication so “it’s hardly surprising that most accounts of similar occurrences worldwide are merely anecdotes.”
There are plenty of anecdotes, but sadly many parents either ignore them or are not aware, and plunge into Steiner education unprepared for the ruthlessness with which a seemingly “loving” and peaceful group of people will behave towards anyone who crosses them.
Parents; don’t ignore Steiner criticism. Read it and do some research before you immerse your family in a world where all is not as it seems.