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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?

fossil bay steiner kindergarten (Waiheke)

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I was interested to read the “Mission Statement” from the kindergarten “fossil Bay.” As usual, the part about their insistence that clairvoyance is an alternative to state education, and that they are using the philosophy/religion/cult of anthroposophy to background their educational pedagogy has been omitted from the somewhat cheesy picture they are attempting to paint for us all. All beauty and very little substance.

“Our purpose is to create and sustain a nurturing community of inspired children (unless the child is somewhat of an individual and doesn’t conform to their ideal), teachers and parents in order to provide a modern anthrophosophically based education in a physical and emotional environment that facilitates the unfolding of each child’s full potential (the level of conformity to the anthroposophical ideal of inspiration and emotional safety is laughable – just ask questions, and you will see a definite withdrawal of friendship and community, you will be labelled as rebellious, uncooperative and spiritually inferior.  The community will be built on strong values, clear communication and respectful partnership.”