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bringing forward Waldorf/Steiner issues

new website…..

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I have started a new website of my own at shanehaua.com. Come visit.

Written by wiremu shane

October 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

Posted in anthroposophy

Our concerns

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I thought I would post our concerns so far with the Christchurch steiner school. I would make it clear that “our concerns” have not been dealt with by the school. You can read those concerns here. It is why I have ended up blogging about our experience with waldorf education and anthroposophy.

steiner pedagogy a little at a time……

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It is a pedagogy [waldorf education] which has its origin in the child and its goal is to develop each child’s individual  potential (this is not observable, what is observable is the waldorf system’s unflagging push to indoctrinate children into anthroposophical thinking. Everything is copied from the board. No thinking required. No critical analysis. No thinking out of the waldorf box. How does that produce individual potential?).

The Waldorf School is a unified, inclusive school model spanning all ages from preschool to the end of the upper school/high school (unless you ask questions. Then they exclude you and kick you out instead of answering the questions). Within the curriculum framework of the various class levels, the subjects are connected to each other (it saves testing and planning to meet student’s needs). As the subjects are oriented to the developmental phases of the children and adolescents, they enable multi-faceted, age-related possibilities of developing the individual (strictly eurocentric or aryan in nature). These consist of, for example, the acquisition of (occult)knowledge, cultural competence (as long as it’s european, german specifically), social and emotional skills (bullying), as well as various practical and artistic skills (see also multiple intelligence).

 

some research

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One wonders if all the authors of this unoriginal document are attached to the waldorf / steiner movement in some way?

The learning of one to one matching of number words eg; one (the word) to one concrete object, say a block of some kind, is not new and common in the teaching of numeracy. There’s nothing “esoteric” or hidden about this knowledge and I am affronted by this rather lame attempt to make numeracy some kind of “spiritual science” by the waldorf / steiner community. Rhythmical teaching strategies have always been a part of “State Teaching” in Aotearoa NZ. We know it helps rote learning of basic facts but does little to teach that the formula (say 3 x 4 = 12)actually means that there are 3 groups of 4 objects and when I join them together, I end up with 12 objects. Repeated addition is very useful. Of course the child rarely comes to their first class knowing this concept and it takes some time to learn. But it is not “esoteric” or “magical” in any way. Contrary to anthroposophical opinion, it is not only for the initiated. See what waldorf answers has to say here.

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Using evidence in the classroom for professional learning

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Something different this time. A statement from the Ministry of Education about Evidence Based (written by Professor Helen Timperley) research for learning in the classroom. A long way from steiner pedagogy indeed.

Written by wiremu shane

October 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

occult science of steiner

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I have been reading this lecture that steiner gave on ‘occult science.’ How the heck can our minister of education justify her stand on the accountability of steiner schools in Aotearoa NZ when state schools must be transparent and accountable?

This is an indication of how anthroposophical teaching indoctrination will bridge the gulf between the so-called living and the so-called dead; and already now we can see how human beings who have some understanding of the spiritual occult may be a blessing to the so-called dead by reading to them in thought the truths inventions  of Spiritual Science. If, either reading aloud or to ourselves, we follow in thought the ideas and concepts inventions of Spiritual Science, at the same time feeling that one or more who have passed through death are there in front of us while we read, then this reading becomes very real to them, because such thoughts are inscribed into the Akasha-substance. Such reading may be of the greatest service, not only to those on the other side of death who while they were on earth concerned themselves with Spiritual Sciencebuffoonery but also to those who during their earthly life would have nothing to do with it.

steiner school off hook over standards

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The Taikura Rudolf Steiner school community has been reassured by the Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, that they can rest easy over National Standards and the future of their school. The Hastings school was one of hundreds throughout the country opposed to the controversial new directive, but in June cried foul when a letter from Ms Tolley urged them to comply or face legal action, and potentially lose government funding.

Protest was rife since the forced compliance, and included a large presence of parents at Prime Minister John Key’s Napier meeting.Last month, after a meeting with concerned Taikura parents, Tukituki MP Craig Foss wrote to Ms Tolley on their behalf, and received a reply on Thursday he said alleviated many of their concerns. Read more here on Hawkes Bay Today.

Well done John Key! Buckling to this type of educational philosophy in Aotearoa NZ is just what our children need. Obviously you are either a steiner proponent or your researching is somewhat cursory. The question needs to be asked. Why don’t steiner schools have to be accountable to the ministry for their delivery of ‘education’ (I use the word advisedly) in Aotearoa NZ?