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anthroposophy’s belief in it’s own spritual superiority

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“Let’s consider ethnicity, for instance. The Waldorf system is built on the idea that north/central Europe is the home of the highest, most evolved humans — sometimes called Aryans. The culture of these white people — much of which is reflected in their ancient myths (Norse myths) — is the highest on Earth. Other, darker peoples are less evolved.+

“One can only understand history and all of social life, including today’s social life, if one pays attention to people’s racial characteristics. And one can only understand all that is spiritual in the correct sense if one first examines how this spiritual element operates within people precisely through the color of their skin.” — Rudolf Steiner, VOM LEBEN DES MENSCHEN UND DER ERDE {On the Life of Human Beings and of the Earth} (Verlag Der Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, 1961), p. 52.

“On one side we find the black race, which is earthly at most. If it moves to the West, it becomes extinct. We also have the yellow race, which is in the middle between earth and the cosmos. If it moves to the East, it becomes brown, attaches itself too much to the cosmos, and becomes extinct. The white race is the future, the race that is creating spirit.” [Ibid., p. 62.] (Among other things, Steiner is saying that each race should stay “where it belongs.”)

“[T]he Europeans have ascended to a higher level of culture, while [others] have remained behind and become decadent. One must always pay attention to this evolutionary process. It can be described as follows. In the course of millennia our planet transforms itself, and this transformation also demands a development of humankind. Those side branches that no longer fit in to current conditions become decadent. Thus we have an upright evolutionary trunk as well as side branches which decay.” — Rudolf Steiner, MENSCHHEITSENTWICKELUNG UND CHRISTUS-ERKENNTNIS, pp. 243-44.

Being of colour (Maori) and marrying into an anthroposophical family, I now realise, was never going to work. It’s just too difficult to get passed the racism inherent in these people. The most difficult thing to deal with is that the children are being raised in such a toxic environment that it’s bound to have serious consequences (in fact it already has). The family court has forced the children into a eurocentric  educational system that looks upon people of colour as spiritually inferior. A warning for those unaware of the attitudes prevalent in such an institution. Not only the steiner/waldorf system but also their occult church system anthroposophy. That such a thing is being taught/exists in Aotearoa NZ is shocking.

steiner schools pr problem

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Below describes a meeting where some steiner people and a politician are working out how to deal with the bad PR the steiner system gets from ex parents who have withdrawn their children from the occultist esoteric education system and the obvious down side to steiner’s actual writings to do with races. Interesting how they are looking to spin it so that they can get government funding in the UK for their so-called “Free Schools.”

Race and PR:

Sam Freedman was asked by a trustee, at the very end of the morning session, whether or not he could foresee any other particular problems with Steiner schools becoming state funded.

He responded, verbatim, as follows:

“Not in terms of the way we want to legislate, but, I mean I’m sure this is something that you all know about anyway, there’s a big PR issue, and if a lot of Steiner schools open quite quickly in the state sector, I mean I’ve been, erm, I’ve had all sorts of people writing to me just because they found out that I was coming to this meeting. Attacking. Attacking the Steiner Schools… Anonymously. Through social networking. People find out who you are, find out your account number and bombard you with articles, negative articles… This was pointing out all the things they think are wrong with Steiner movement, link after link after link. And that’s just from me coming to this meeting, so you have to be aware, well I know you’ll all be aware anyway, but this will be on a much, much bigger scale.”

The discussion went on to identify two problem PR areas: 1) Accounts from parents who are or have been unhappy with the Steiner schooling system and those that have had negative experiences associated with the schools, and 2) the writings of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy.

It was identified that the latter issue was going to be a greater problem.

Sam Freedman stated that it was important for the Schools to “explain to people quite strongly that they are not teaching what he [Rudolf Steiner] said”. He likened the situation to the fact that not all Christians believe every word of the Bible.

One of the trustees noted that the very name “Steiner”, is potentially limiting. He noted that in other countries schools have called themselves “Waldorf” schools so as to distance themselves from the Steiner writings.

Rachel Wolf suggested that the Schools should therefore seek to get a “more mixed group of people interested from the beginning, because that is the best way that you [the Steiner schools] can appear like an equal, diverse and principled organisation, and you want that from day 1 if you possibly can, and you should start doing that now.”

The importance of getting a more diverse intake of children was noted, given the likely effects of the negative PR currently circulating on the internet, coupled with images of classes filled with only white, middle-class children. It was acknowledged that such an image would be very damaging to the movement.

An observer asked Sam Freedman whether or not a Conservative government would consider intervening with Steiner teacher training to ensure that the racist aspects of Steiner’s writings would not be included. Sam Freedman replied by stating that if the issue becomes a big PR problem for Steiner schools, and the state is funding those schools, it will become a big PR problem for the state. He went on to say that in light of this, Steiner schools should seek to nip any potential problems with their teacher training in the bud, because if ministers feel under pressure from negative PR, this is likely to be problematic for the schools. Sam Freedman stated that the Schools should ensure that they can explain their position very clearly, so that they can counter the negative criticisms immediately.

At the close of the morning session, Rachel Wolf stated that she would be happy to offer the Steiner schools Fellowship free media training to prepare them for tackling the PR problems.

Read more here at “UK anthroposophy.”

From The Miner’s Canary blog.

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This from the Miner’s Canary blog sure is an interesting read. In my experience, steiner education is definitely based on anthroposophy. Methodology in the school with regard to teaching at Christchurch rudolph steiner  is absolutely based on anthroposophy. I found that accusations of cult like attitudes to outsiders or those that asked questions of the status quo were right on the button. Christchurch rudolph steiner is a hotbed of bullying, community exclusion, racism, bad teaching and occult practices that place kiwi children at risk. I can’t believe that Anne Tolley has thus far refused to investigate the school.