Some of those beliefs are deeply disturbing. Most importantly, that prospective parents are not being told about the occult foundations of the Steiner philosophy.
You may think that the mystical, spiritual and esoteric movement behind Steiner schools might be a very important factor in deciding whether your children should attend such a school. But the schools obviously do not. She consulted with a Minister in the Department of Education. The response took some time but the message was simple: So, it would appear that I am mistaken to be concerned. So, let me recount my concerns. You may then come to your own conclusions.
After splitting with Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besant , he took the German speaking theosophists and set up his own spiritual esoteric movement, Anthroposophy — the knowledge of man. Without such knowledge, we cannot fulfill our potential as fully spiritual beings. Triodos and spiritual communities e. Camphill , Christian Community.
We shall now look at those concepts in a bit more detail. Steiner viewed the spiritual world to be real and populated with many nature spirits, elementals and root spirits gnomes. Steiner believed his clairvoyant techniques were a genuine scientific approaches to studying this spiritual realm. They were extra tools, not an alternative to science. We often see Steiner followers repeating the view that Steiner philosophy embraces and extends science. This too is important in understanding Steiner Schools.
At the heart of Anthroposophy is the belief that humans are composite beings made up of our bodies and a number of spiritual entities that can be reincarnated. Our spirits enter into bodies each lifetime in several stages as we grow. The physical body that you are incarnated into will depend on karma. Black people are spiritually childish.
Disabled people somehow must have wanted to be disabled though actions in previous lives. In time, however, blondness will disappear because the human race is becoming weaker. In the end, only brown- and black-haired people will be able to survive if nothing is done to keep them from being bound to matter. When fair people become extinct, the human race will face the danger of becoming dense if a spiritual science like Anthroposophy is not accepted. Thus, the Camphill movement, helps disabled people overcome their karma so that they will not be so unfortunate in future lives.
He recognised that amongst many people, the movements aims and beliefs would be seen as absurd and urged his followers to be coy. This secrecy was a natural extension of the esoteric and occult nature of Anthroposophy. As is necessary with esoteric organisations, how it is presented to the outside world will differ considerably from inner beliefs.
Although, ostensibly, secrecy was a necessary part of the how an initiate moved through the orders of the movement in order to prepare the mind for the next level of revealed knowledge, secrecy could also be used to protect Anthroposophists from outside scrutiny and criticism, and so further their aims undetected. Steiner-Waldorf Educational Philosophy Steiner started his first school for children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory.
There are now many thousands of mostly private schools around the world based on Steiner pedagogy. You may have heard of many of the rather different views of Steiner Schools such as delayed reading, eurythmy dance and focus on art. It is worth looking at how the newly approved state funded Steiner School in Frome presents itself. The education is based on an understanding that the young child learns primarily through imitation and doing; the pre-pubescent child largely through their emotions and feelings; older students primarily through abstract thinking and the application of cognitive skills.
The curriculum is interdisciplinary, integrating practical, artistic, and conceptual elements and is designed to be in harmony with the developmental needs of children. Learning materials are introduced at the moment of maximum pupil readiness rather than at the earliest opportunity. This allows pupils at all stages to be at ease both with their education and with the pace at which they are taught.
But this would only be true if you accept that childhood is a process of stages of spiritual incarnation. Steiner was very clear about why delayed reading was a good idea — not because older children can learn to read better, but because memorising and reading interfered with the incarnation of the etheric body.
Only after adult teeth have appeared is a child spiritually ready to learn to read. People will object that the children then learn to read and write too late. That is said only because it is not known today how harmful it is when the children learn to read and write too soon. It is a very bad thing to be able to write early. Reading and writing as we have them today are really not suited to the human being till a later age — the eleventh or twelfth year — and the more a child is blessed with not being able to read and write well before this age, the better it is for the later years of life.
A child who cannot write properly at thirteen or fourteen I can speak out of my own experience because I could not do it at that age is not so hindered for later spiritual development as one who early, at seven or eight years can already read and write perfectly.
Similar spiritual reasons lie behind Steiner Schools rejection of technology, computers and television watching. Steiner schools must be unique in their goals of actively trying to prevent children from learning.
Parents are told not to read with them at home and to limit access to technology. Art is practiced too, but in a highly restrictive manner where paper must have rounded corners and with restricted media and colours, such as washes and waxes. Again such media have spiritual significance. A parent wrote about surviving a Steiner School and show how restrictive such a regime can be, My daughter cried at bedtime and in the mornings as she vehemently resisted going to school.
Steiner saw physical appearance and colour as determinants. We can see from their required reading list what a prospective Steiner teacher was required to learn. The text books I have got hold of teach that the heart is not a pump but is forced to beat by the pulsing blood that is forced around the body by the spirit. We learn that humans are bipedal because it frees the arms to pray.
Anatomy is treated as a spiritual subject and not a science. It is worth noting that Steiner stated that the British Isles floated on the sea held in place by cosmic forces. And he believed in the historical truth of the vanished continent of Atlantis, We must not be afraid to talk to the children about Atlantis.
We should not omit that. We can even present it in a historical context. But then you have to disavow standard geology … The ice age is the Atlantean catastrophe. The ancient glacial period, and recent average conditions in Europe, are nothing other than what has happened since Atlantis sank. Which brings us on to medicine in Steiner Schools.
As such they embrace forms of homeopathy and naturopathy. Unlike conventional homeopaths, who claim to consider the whole person, anthroposophical doctors need to also consider past and future lives. Whereas many alternative doctors use spiritual knowledge to treat the body, the role of the Anthroposophical doctor is to use spiritual knowledge to treat the spirit — the current physical body is secondary to this consideration.
Doctors in the schools have a strange attitude to medicine. Curative eurythmy is the name given to specific exercises that are given to help children with their physical and inner development.
These exercises are undertaken with a specially trained Eurythmy therapist. The school does not carry out dental checks, hearing or sight tests, nor does it provide immunisation boosters. So, the GMC registered doctor may prescribe extra magical dance lessons, but not provide services that could help them with specific problems or even save their lives. This spiritual attitude has perverse effects. It is a disease that will kill and injure some of the children it infects.
Belief in reincarnation is not harmless. Steiner appeared to accept the death of a child as an acceptable part of helping spirits through their incarnations.
Your child is just an expendable vessel. But their spirits will receive great karma. I hope you are happy with this. How should we understand modern Steiner Schools? So, we have a problem. Clearly, the UK government does not think there is a problem as I was told in my letter from Tessa Munt that the Frome proposal had gone through full due diligence. I understand no scientific specialists were involved and I doubt very much that civil servants familiar with the occult nature of anthroposophy would have been included in the review.
Is it possible that the schools are pulling the wool over the eyes of civil servants? We should explore that now. Misleading Parents and Authorities. Undermining and Silencing Critics. We can start off by recognising that none of what I have talked about here is presented to new parents. You will struggle to find any mention of anthroposophical beliefs and its goals on school web sites.
The new Free School in Frome is typical with is misdirection in claiming that it does not teach children anthroposophy. Thus you will neutralize to a large extent the prejudice against Anthroposophic matters. And if so they are being successful in fooling people. So we need to look for evidence. An obvious danger in researching esoteric organisations is that by definition source material may be hidden. We must be careful not to slip into conspiratorial thinking.
And as such, ambiguity will always follow us. Original sources are most often in German.