Each has their following among anthroposophists, and each is controversial, some more than others. But messianism almost invariably leads to intolerance and destruction. Oh Why?" You might enjoy their company and indeed love them. Let's be honest. I don't care about recovering damages for myself. It is perfectly possible to be very smart and even quite well educated and still be an Anthroposophist (or a Mormon or a Scientologist or...), I think the key really is critical thinking. “When a school is based on a spiritual conception of the human being, a more diverse set of values become important. Right? Bad masonry projects collapse and kill people. There is no description ugly enough for this particular miscreant of a "teacher". They are just plain dumb. * https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/summing-up, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15490, And let's not forget, one does not have to be disabled to be a "demon" in Waldorf... just cross the wrong person and you too can become a demon at your very own Waldorf school... ;). and the tendency of Anthroposophists to demonize their critics. "Among the faculty, we must certainly carry within us the knowledge that we are not here for our own sakes, but to carry out the divine cosmic plan. The even greater effort required to engage in such discussions can also be rewarding, sometimes. Usually I attempt top convey the truth by writing clearly and logically. I also experienced them as real human beings and find Steiner's nonsense about demons and various supposed spiritual defects in such people to be totally offensive. They may have good hearts, wonderful souls, sweet dispositions. No one is obliged to take all the sixteen paths and thereby fall out of evolution. Anthroposophy is not to be confounded with Anthropology, the scientific study of mankind. I always thought, based on my own experience, that Waldorf schools are safe refuges. By some unfortunate stroke of bad luck, Waldorf teacher (and now teacher trainer at Highland Hall) Christine Leonard announced my own daughter was demonically possessed when she was 10 years old. I knew the man fairly well, so I'm inclined to accept the latter possibility. — Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER, p. 650. Grab a handful of almonds to munch on between meals or toss them over a salad for a boost of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. We really should use them. [. c) Therefore, Roger is not a real human being. My enemy suffered terrible blows of fate in the course of his life beyond my wildest dark imaginings. But inflicting such an insane, medieval, ignorant judgment on a child almost surpasses comprehension. In the end, the school didn't fire her... she resigned — primarily due to my letter-writing campaigns. In addition, they contain a high […] The peculiar thing is that most people elect not to use critical intelligence in the most important spheres of life. Highland Hall, over the course of a decade, destroyed my daughter's mental health. Plural form of anthroposophist. — Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER, p. 650. His masterpiece, WALDEN, is a medley (some would say jumble) of affronts, jokes, exaggerations, allegories, and plain truth-telling. Like you, I've seen many, many Waldorf teachers hired from within a dangerously under-qualified pool of people. With other colleges students, I visited institutionalized people who had severe intellectual deficits. But sometimes I add a dollop of humor, which may or may not be an aid to comprehension. For reasons that I hope will become plain, I tossed at least one intentionally provocative statement into the conversation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse. Shocked recognition of the truth. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15473, It's kinda like the "no true Waldorf school" fallacy...*. Free shipping available. [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/14978] I liked it so much that I swiped it and reposted it at Waldorf Watch [https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/criticism] Well, really, Peter kindly gave me permission to do so. [https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/why?] By striving forward, however, he is drawn up from race to race to ever higher stages. The number of anthroposophists is stagnating, and our communities are aging, while few young people are drawn to what we do. I think — or at least I hope — that none of them could have been so cruel. What does anthroposophists mean? They taste great and make a satisfying snack for both children and adults. They believe they have understood Steiner's work and are utterly disinterested in learning anything about Steiner's work, particularly from non-anthroposophists. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian mystic and self-proclaimed clairvoyant who founded the religion known as Anthroposophy. Steiner R. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment. http://petekaraiskos.blogspot.com/2010/10/working-with-highland-hall-petes.html, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15492. More than just nuts. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anthroposophists: Subcategories. If anything, I'd say that anthroposophists in Europe (or in Germany at least) often tend to have higher than average levels of education, and one of the striking things about the modern occult revival in general is that its central constituency was highly educated and economically comfortable. My college memories tend to be vague, with a large and ever-shifting cast of characters. ), http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15475. [, I'd like to supplement Peter's posting with something I put on the Waldorf Watch "news" page today [, I am jumping the gun on this item, which I have taken from the September/October SKEPTICAL INQUIRER [, But this is your lucky day. I'm reaching general conclusions. They informed the police after he left. I have a crowded schedule for the next few days, so maybe I should just say the following before lapsing into silence again. Usually I attempt top convey the truth by writing clearly and logically. Everything I have written and posted at Waldorf Watch is provocative, to Anthroposophists. I grew to love the people I visited, and I cherish their memories. I think they owe my kids an education still... As far as attorneys getting the money, I'm working on getting my attorney fees for free - and, again, I'm not interested in a windfall - just exposure and accountability from those who harmed my kids. Oh Why? Topics discussed include the intelligence of Anthroposophists, the value of critical thinking. Passages preceded by ">" are quoted from previous messages. A rare, exceptional event would be one thing, but there have been reports of so many horrific situations in and around Waldorf schools. I'm no Thoreau. Start out as an innocent child in a pretty Waldorf kindergarten, graduate years later as a totally befogged Waldorf 12th grader, and stumble around for the rest of your life in a haze of astrology, "intuition," and conversations with invisible, nonexistent friends. Many of my Waldorf memories are thus crisp and precise, although of course others are cloudy. Awhile back, Peter [Staudenmaier] posted an excellent mini-essay here on rationality and rational discussion. Anthroposophy definition is - a 20th century religious system growing out of theosophy and centering on human development. ), an Austrian philosopher, scientist, and artist, who postulated the existence of a spiritual world comprehensible to pure thought but Was your daughter aware of this label? Answer: Anthroposophy is rooted in the belief that there is a separate, objective “spiritual world” beyond the physical and that human beings can access that world through the intellect. If only lunatics believed Steiner, the case would be closed: Nuts believe nutty things. To exorcise these demons, apparently exercise (running laps) was a good thing. Why have they deserved this? The school I attended was structured to be as seemingly normal as possible. But I digress.). Did the teacher tell, to her face, that she was a demon? For other cautionary tales and words of advice. The school I attended was structured to be as seemingly normal as possible. There is gross negligence here, conspiracy to commit fraud, and a whole lot of other crimes by various people. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15495. Here's the part of my recent message that I hoped would spark discussion: "On the subject of critical thinking, it might be worth adding this:  "Some people never get the hang of it. — if I argued in this fashion, I would be falling into the fallacy (I would be rigging the game, setting up a major premise that allows me to reach the conclusion I was determined to reach no matter what). Many Waldorf schools, when faced with the prospect of canceling a class because there is no teacher, will hire and hope to train-on-the-job well-intentioned but under-qualified wanna-be teachers. At his website, Waldorf Awareness, Pete Karaiskos has written this: "[I]f children may be demons, who decides if they are demons? Then the initial good impulses that brought people to Anthroposophy — seeking spiritual answers, spiritual solace, spiritual awareness — can lead to the very opposite of what anyone could have wanted, harsh and ugly spiritual blindness. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/15463. The children make a cross of two sticks and decorate it with garlands of boxwood, nuts and sweets. They must therefore live a bodiless existence. And I mean literally demonize. )*, Another subset of humanity consists of ultra-rational folks who apply strict logic to every area of life. The world is around them; they have possessed senses in order to perceive the world, to enrich the life-kernel and mold it to a higher stage. In maintaining the position that the AS is the set of "all the anthroposophists", TS. Thoughts. When Highland Hall fired one second grade teacher (100% of the parents stood up to support him) - the first grade teacher left with him to form a competing school nearby. 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