Posted by: Alex Borders | February 13, 2011

Anthroposophy and Steiner

Sunday 13th February

Often we are asked, how much of Anthroposophy and of Steiner’s ideas are taught to the children?

The answer is none. On the day Rudolf Steiner opened the first Waldorf school, he stated firmly, “It is not our intention to teach growing human beings are ideas, the contents of our world conception. We are not aiming at education for the sake of any special dogma.”

Although there is a worldwide Anthroposophic Society, whose members invariably are supportive of the Waldorf schools, there is no formal connection between the schools and the Society. It is often the case that some Waldorf school parents (or even possibly senior class Waldorf high school students) participate in study groups on Anthroposophy, but such is always entirely voluntary (and extracurricular).

What is encouraged is that interested parents meet regularly with their children’s teachers to learn more about the education and about providing a supportive home life.

From Wade B. Holland’s The Waldorf Schools: 32 Questions and Answers


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