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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.

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

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?

steiner school turned down again

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Steiner School turned down again

Sep 27, 2011 12:21am

Yarra Council again rejects a controversial proposal to expand a private school on the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent.

YARRA Council has again rejected a controversial proposal to expand a private school on the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent, putting the decision into the hands of Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

At a meeting last night councillors voted 5-3 against Sophia Mundi Steiner School’s proposal to build a new classroom block and turn a swimming pool into a playground.

A motion put by Socialist councillor Stephen Jolley said the proposal would remove access to public land in a ”precious inner-urban heritage site” and failed to adhere to the convent’s master plan to adapt existing buildings rather than build new ones. ”The biggest question remains why are we expanding a private school in the inner city’s best park … it’s a precedent we can’t allow to happen,” Cr Jolley said.

Heritage Victoria approved the plan earlier this month but Mr Guy asked the council for its opinion before making a final decision. Go here for the article on My Zoo.

Grandmother’s Healing Haka

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www.ch.steiner.school.nz/0-newsletter-box/current.pdf

I am puzzled that there are people who are trying to make money out of my culture who have european names. How does one come from Switzerland and gain the right to hold a Maori healing ceremony on Te Waka a Maui. Uekaha should know better. Tikanga Maori is neither anthroposophic nor is it steiner based custom. Just another way for people to make money from our culture. I’m sure they’ve justified it to themselves, but this blatant dilution of my culture by an aryan – centric philosophy steeped in aryan superiority is immoral.

Grandmother’s Healing Haka For the first time this Haka will be taught in the South Island a tour school by Ojasvin Kingi and his wife Iris from Switzerland. Both have been teaching the Haka internationally over the last years.It will take place on Friday 2 Dec 7.30 – 10.30pm Saturday 3 Dec 9.30 – 6pm Cost: $80 Also, a Healing for the Land Ritual will be offered and will take place after a shared dinner on Saturday evening at Brighton Beach.  Please consider this a very special opportunity and join us for those days (we need at least 16 people).  If interested you can google Grandmother’s HealingHaka.Phone Simoneor Uekaha on 3846081or021820 182 (Simone), 021 067 2096 (Uekaha).  Closer to the time, pamphlets and more detailed information will be shared.



Steiner School Recognition and Accreditation « UK Anthroposophy

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Free Schools(5a) – Steiner School Recognition and Accreditation « UK Anthroposophy.

This article from UK Anthroposophy is sure worth a read. The will be more parts to the post which I will post on to make sure it’s read in Aotearoa NZ.

who gets hurt by anthroposophy?

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I was browsing through Waldorf Watch when I came across this rather sad article “Who gets hurt?” Having been married to a graduate of the Christchurch steiner system I’d have to say that my ex partner was extremely and irrevocably damaged by their education (I use the word advisedly). As an adult the task of recovering from anthroposophical beliefs has been and still is a life spoiling process. Not confident, unable to maintain relationships, lacking the will they are being told will be developed. Stuck in a paradigm that is separatist and racist. Something needs to be done about this aryan system being allowed to exist in Aotearoa NZ. It is anathema to our way of life. It goes against the concepts of freedom my grandparents and uncles went to war over. It not only hurts the children who go through that system, but it impacts on their non-anthroposophical friends, lovers, and partners. It is indeed a danger to all of those involved in their community as well as those who come into contact with them.

“It took me many long, weary years to rid myself of the occultism that Waldorf slipped into my consciousness. Here is how things stood for me on the day of my graduation from the 12th grade at our Waldorf school. [I will quote now from my classic memoir, “I Went to Waldorf”]:

“During my eleven years at Waldorf, I stood quite close to the fire, and I was drawn to its warmth — yet I pulled back. My nearest approach to full allegiance came during the excitement and nostalgia of graduation day. On that June morning, I considered myself profoundly religious (although I could not list the Ten Commandments nor quote more than a few short Bible verses). I thrilled to the knowledge that the world is more spirit than physics, more ideal than actual. I was vain, moralistic, priggish, innocent, shy, racially bigoted, and (confusingly, for a head-honcho student) utterly lacking in self-confidence. I was judgmental yet uncertain. I had no patience with science and its shallow half-truths. I prized imagination over intellect, sensibility over sense. I was right about everything, always — don’t even ask. (Please, don’t ask.) I had only superficial knowledge of the US economy and the major political issues in the wide world — and I didn’t care. Everything that I saw outside the school seemed to be beneath me. I was directionless. I had no career ambitions, no academic focus, no marketable skills. I had precious few social skills. I longed for a beauteous, buxom Aryan mate. (Few real girls approximated my fantasy. Marilyn, where are you? I never dated much.) I half-yearned for easeful death, or better yet a crusade, or salvation. I dreamed of writing a book titled GOD that would reconcile all the world’s religions. I dreamed of becoming President of the United States. I dreamed of performing — I wasn’t sure what — something — a titanic, stupendous something. But I had no intention of lifting a finger. I was on hold, waiting… In other words, I had been brainwashed, with a thoroughness and intensity I could not fathom. (Call me the Manchurian Schoolboy.) And, I should add, I was — without quite realizing it — deeply unhappy. Thank God, I was deeply unhappy. As the realization of my dejection slowly dawned on me during the following years, I became motivated to try to comprehend my condition and then to repair it. Even so, only gradually was I able to fight my way down from the fog in which (metaphorically speaking: only a metaphor) I levitated and at long last find my footing in reality. It took me more than twenty years to fully deprogram myself.”  Read more from Waldorf Watch here.