“The judgments man has in physical life on earth are, in fact, different from
the judgments he has between death and a new birth. For there the point of
view is changed. And so it is, if you say to a human being here on earth — a
young human being, perhaps-that he has chosen his father, it is not out of the
question that he might make objection: “Do you mean to say that I have
chosen the father who has given me so many thrashings?” Yes, certainly he
has chosen him; for he had quite another point of view before he came down
to earth. He had the point of view that the thrashings would do him a lot of
good.” (Steiner, Karmic Relationships, Volume I: Lecture V)
Here's Rudolf Steiner himself bullying a child - notice how he attributes "karma" as the source of the problems he perceives. The child very obviously doesn't respond to Steiner's commands at the end. Steiner wisely chooses not to "force him":
Steiner treats this "special needs" child as if he cannot even understand what is being said about him. What parent would expect their child to be humiliated in this way? To Steiner, the child was fulfilling his own karma - nothing to see here - move along. Again, this book is required reading in Waldorf teacher training.
Below is a Waldorf school document for faculty:
May 13, 1999
A victim of teacher bullying at Waldorfhttp://www.waldorfcritics.org/articles/teacher_bullying_sarah.html
"I remember him in first grade screaming at me in front of the whole class, because I was having trouble understanding a math problem. I also remember in first grade, we were doing our first painting and I forgot to wet my brush after dunking it with another color and I accidentally mixed that blue and the yellow making what was supposed to be a yellow, green. However, instead of giving me a chance to correct my mistake he just told me that I couldn’t paint that day. I laid my head down on the desk feeling devastated. As I look back as an adult, I look at him and I think to myself, ‘how dare he treat that little girl (me) that way.’ I was only seven years old. He could have given me a chance to fix the mistake. I remember in third grade, I misunderstood a homework assignment and he literally shamed me for the whole afternoon. It was a lot of things like that during the time he was my teacher."
"Mr. M even sexually harassed me in fourth grade. One day he was out of the room and we were all running around, and there was this boy who was hitting girls on the butts, including me. I told the boy to stop it but he wouldn’t. When Mr. M came back into the room, I told him that this boy was hitting girls on the butts. However, instead of taking the boy aside and explaining to him that that kind of behavior was not okay, in front of the whole class, he lambasted me for being a tattletale, saying that it was just a game. He told me not to be so fragile or sensitive otherwise no one would want to be my friend. Eventually, I told my mother and she yelled in his face and told a friend of hers on the school board. Why this man hasn’t been fired I’ll never know."
"Now I am not upset anymore with the ten year old boy, who was hitting girls on the butts. He being an immature ten year old boy who needed an adult to sit him down and explain why that kind of behavior is not okay. I am livid and furious and outraged about how a grown man could sink so low as to sexually harass a ten year old girl and allow and condone that kind of behavior. I know that when teachers go to school to become teachers they are taught about education law and when congress passes a new law or the Supreme Court rules on a law regarding education teachers are made aware of it. Title IX was passed in 1972, nine years before I was born and twenty years before the incident. The Minnesota state statute says all schools even private much have a sexual harassment policy, and this statute was passed in 1989. I know that Mr. M knew what sexual harassment was and that it was against the law in the 1991-1992 school years. However, after I was sexually harassed he turned around and violated my civil rights and sexually harassed me and taught every single student in that classroom that sexual harassment was okay. As a woman, a feminist, and a future lawyer it disgusts me and boggles my mind. I’ve heard that a lot of times Waldorf schools ignore civil rights laws and it’s wrong."
"In first grade, I felt my self-esteem being affected and I felt very small as result of his behavior towards me and it made learning harder for me. I can see now that his bullying of me only made it harder for me to learn. Eventually in sixth grade, my parents finally saw Mr. M for who he was and took me out of that school. However, now I clearly see that what Mr. M did to me was to psychologically abusive, and disability harass me and sexually harass me."
This parent blames the children of non-Waldorf parents for the horrible things that happened at school. Can't be that wonderful "Waldorf education" we've heard so many good things about, right? If there are problems at Waldorf, its' those pesky mainstream parents' fault.
So parents, when you bring your child to a Waldorf school, consider what Waldorf teachers learn in their TRAINING:
Here is some good advice from Mumsnet about what to do if your child is being bullied or is bullying others.