We are Waldorf critics. Wait, don't turn away. Don't act like you don't know us. We were YOU.
We were parents, or students, or teachers in YOUR system. Some of us have been all three. Some of us are new at this, and some of us have been Waldorf critics for decades.
We are each very different but we all have one thing in common - we or someone we love TRUSTED YOU once. So, don't pretend you don't know us - you know us and you FAILED US! Maybe you don't realize the damage you do lasts a LIFETIME. This is something you should hear - so you don't get to turn a deaf ear now. We are holding you accountable - Not just now - for a LIFETIME. So you may as well stop pretending we don't exist - stop pretending criticism against you is unjust - and just listen up...
We are Waldorf critics. Before we became Waldorf critics we stood for Waldorf with you - year after year. We gave you all our free time - our money - we TRUSTED you with our children. We changed our lifestyle to fit yours. Sometimes it meant distancing ourselves from our friends, our own families - sure some of our kids didn't get to know their grandparents - but you convinced us they were a bad influence didn't you? Sometimes, it wasn't as easy as cutting out a set of grandparents - sometimes one of the parents had to be taken out of the picture too. Many of our spouses went along with this crazy idea. The thought that we had entered into a cult started creeping into our heads.
When our children complained, you convinced us it was our children who were the problem. You demanded that we trust YOU more than what our own children were telling us. And you did this while you were LYING to us.
The more we noticed problems - the more we realized that if we spoke up, you would punish us - or worse yet - take it out on OUR CHILDREN! Many of us felt trapped, helpless and smothered under your system. Superficially, it seemed everyone around us was doing fine - but then we started asking questions. That was the beginning of the end. You weren't about to answer our questions honestly - in fact, you seemed insulted that we would even question what you were doing with OUR children. When we eventually discovered what you were doing, and why - we begged you to stop. YOU would have nothing of it. Each of us and our children became your VICTIMS. So now...
We are Waldorf critics. And WE are in the age of the internet. Your first mistake was to try to use the internet to defame us. Instead you ended up demonstrating to the world that even your highest-ranking members are LIARS and in fact can't be trusted around children. Your representatives are already requesting the "right to be forgotten" from Google in Europe.
When one of your schools was recently forced to conduct an internal investigation, pedophiles and rapists and their accomplices came scampering out everywhere. MORE WALDORF VICTIMS turned up... even famous ones. Abuses and cover-ups went back decades. Imagine what would happen if the other 1000 schools were investigated... Many parents already do.
Now, your plan is that if you can ignore critics long enough, they might get tired of complaining and go away. Here's the problem with that strategy. The more you ignore the complaints, the MORE CRITICS you create. There's no end to the stream of Waldorf critics now. New critics are starting blogs every day. And with the system you have in place - you can be sure EVERY DAY, parents right in YOUR SCHOOLS are ticking time-bombs waiting to become the next wave of Waldorf critics? Why? Because YOU don't listen to the Waldorf critics OR the complaints of parents in your schools. When children are harmed YOU don't hold yourselves accountable! You leave it up to the Waldorf critics to do that for you.
The way Anthroposophists blatantly lie about Anthroposophy and racism in Waldorf, not to mention the nonsense you claim is good for children, is so absurd people are literally laughing at you - not over your beliefs as much as your ridiculous attempts to keep them secret from the public.
We are Waldorf critics. We thought we were like you - but we realize now - you have been LYING to us all along - YOU are NOTHING like us!
We are Waldorf critics. We won't sit by and listen while you lie to fresh parents every day. Every day, we make the time and find the strength and courage and resilience to speak our outrage at YOU. Where do you think that determination comes from? We still feel the damage YOU did to us... and we are determined you won't do that to others. Since you won't change - you have to be EXPOSED!
We know that what distinguishes us from you is that when WE see teachers doing something wrong WE SPEAK UP. When WE see a child being harmed, we don't make excuses, WE STEP IN. When WE see Waldorf representatives lying on blogs and in articles, WE SHOW THEY ARE LYING and why. When we see Waldorf school after Waldorf school ignoring science to the point where they put not just their own children, but the public at risk, WE MAKE THEM FAMOUS for the harm they do.
WE are Waldorf critics - WE help hundreds of parents avoid Waldorf every day - and WE know that's something WE can be proud of.
See also: http://zooey.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/waldorf-critics-and-waldorf-proponents-on-daisys-dissertation/