Before you entrust your child’s education to Steiner (Waldorf), find out more about anthroposophy. It may be that you can save your family a great deal of grief by finding out before rather than after.
So many families have become disillusioned and left Steiner education to spend large sums on private tutors, or had the trauma of watching their child become the victim of bullies “living out their Karma”.
Now there is much more information readily available on the internet for parents wishing to know about Steiner ideas and practices.
Don’t rely on information from an open day (or a dog and pony show, as open days have been described).
Look up “Waldorf Steiner criticism” on the internet where you will find some knowledgeable critics have written in a compelling way about their experiences.
Yes, bits of Steiner (the bits on show) are pretty; nice wooden furniture, handicrafts, food, singing. However, all Steiner schools have to belong to the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF).
The SWSF lays down rules about anthroposophy and makes sure that Steiner’s original, highly unpleasant “wisdom” pervades the schools and colleges. This is done in a way which enables schools to proclaim “we do not teach anthroposophy”, but the content of lessons is designed to make sure Steiner’s ideas are woven in to the curriculum, including such notions as humans living in the fictional lands of Atlantis and Lemuria.
Steiner students leave school and wonder why their education has not prepared them for the real world, as opposed to a “spiritual” one. Why they have been taught specific myths and stories relating to anthroposophy. Why they have been celebrating Michaelmas and Martinmas and Candlemas (anthroposophical festivals) when parents were told their child’s education would not be religious.
Jesus with Ghanta Bells
Anthroposophy is a curious blend of Buddhism Occultism and Christianity. Steiner branched off from Theosophy (a farcical religious movement of the late 19th and early 20th century) when he decided it was a little too Eastern for his taste. He blended his “clairvoyant” visions with his Christian cultural background. He kept the bits of Theosophy about karma and reincarnation, which presumably appealed to him.
How many parents really want their children fed with these ideas under the guise of “alternative” education?
The words “progressive” and “holistic” are meaningless terms used as a smokescreen for dubious practices.