Why Waldorf LIES
Here's the one line answer: “They're on a MISSION to save humanity”.
Waldorf schools are the missionary arm of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner's quasi-religious doctrine outlining an “impulse” for the development of society. Waldorf representatives are “missionaries”. Their mission is to spread the ideas of Rudolf Steiner and to convert as many people as they can to the new wisdom that will transform society, Anthroposophy. Rudolf Steiner paints a very dark picture of a world without Anthroposophy guiding human spiritual development.
As luck would have it, Waldorf teachers already have a personal spiritual connection to your child – according to Steiner. If you found Waldorf education, it was the child's karma that influenced you to find it. Once you have enrolled in a Waldorf school, your child becomes their child. They are doing what is best for the child, even over your objections if necessary. In a conflict, Waldorf representatives believe they are doing something that represents the greater good by lying to parents about their children. It's truthfully that simple.
In order to fulfill their missionary responsibility, in order to promote Anthroposophy to children, Waldorf representatives LIE to parents – for the sake of the child!
There is no getting around this – people representing Waldorf schools are universally dishonest with outsiders – and yes, that especially includes parents. This is a systemic problem traced to Steiner himself. Waldorf's founder direcly instructed Waldorf teachers to lie to outsiders.
From the same book:
“I do not like to talk about such things since we have often been attacked even without them. Imagine what people would say if they heard that we say there are people who are not human beings. Nevertheless, these are facts. Our culture would not be in such a decline if people felt more strongly that a number of people are going around who, because they are completely ruthless, have become something that is not human, but instead are demons in human form.
Steiner felt justified in lying to parents. After all, what are a few lies, when the over all scheme is to convert the world to Anthropsophy and thus saving humanity (quote repeated from above):
Steiner was aware that once students graduated Waldorf, they could go on to college. He realized that some of the nonsense he was teaching to adults (the workers in Dornach) wouldn't fly with college professors. He struggled to find ways to get Anthroposophy into the students without putting it into the content of the lessons.
OK, so now we know Steiner wanted Waldorf representatives to lie, do we have evidence of them lying? Well, yes, LOTS... but that's going to be part of another blog post. For now, let's focus on one Waldorf representative who we can watch in action.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Trevor_Mepham"Trevor Mepham lives in Herefordshire with his wife. They have 4 children. After studying International Relations and European studies at Keele, Bruges and Aberystwyth, he trained to become a Steiner teacher. He worked as a class teacher at the South Devon Steiner School, Dartington, before joining the advisory team of the UK Steiner Schools movement – the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF). He spent 12 years at the University of Plymouth, working in the Faculty of Education as Co-Director of the Steiner BA Programme. He served on the Executive Group of SWSF for 6 years, before taking up a new post, in September 2008, as Principal of the Steiner Academy Hereford - the first publicly-funded Steiner school in the UK. In 2009 he joined the Board of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts." "While in Devon, he spent 12 years working in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth, teaching on the Steiner BA Programme and the European Masters Programme. Trevor has served as a member of the Executive Group of the UK Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF) and a member of the Board of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf (ECSWE). In September 2008, he became Principal at the Steiner Academy Hereford – the first publicly-funded Steiner school in the UK. Trevor is moving to Frome with Helen, his wife and looks forward to helping to plant a new school in the loam of Somerset."
At 4:30 in this film, SWSF representative Trevor Mepham suggests Rudolf Steiner didn't believe in Reincarnation.
By 6:20 in the video, Mepham is having to explain away Steiner's racist theories. In the end, he suggest the famous “Steiner was a man of his time” dodge. Again, the interviewer isn't buying what he's selling. But wait, if Steiner didn't believe in reincarnation, what are his racist theories about? Aren't they dependent on the idea that people get to incarnate “up” to a better race when they reincarnate? Isn't that what makes them excusable to Anthroposophists?
By 8:30, he has tried to confuse the interviewer about the influence of Anthroposophy in Waldorf schools – and even suggests it's a “generic” term and will not even acknowledge, despite that the schools' own literature says so explicitly, that Anthroposophy is at the heart of Waldorf education.
Mepham says: "There are different ways of approaching science, aren't there? We would argue that we do lots of science, and we do it in a scientific way." … Mepham, who is moving from Herefordshire to be principal of the Frome school, is keen to advance the Steiner curriculum and legitimise the Steiner approach to science education. "That's one of the questions that we are exploring – how can we turn that unaccredited element [of science teaching] into something that has validity and recognition.
"The answer, ideally, is to get our curriculum accredited. It isn't at the moment, so we have to dovetail GCSEs with Steiner curriculum [and] that dovetailing is a compromise."