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You Say Karma, We Say Avoidable Harm  [8-Oct-17]

20 years ago today, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was interviewed in The Telegraph: “We Don’t Need No Steiner Education”.

Even though the piece was only about substandard teaching prejudicing the learning of his children, with minor reference to the “rigidity” of the curriculum, he got a lot of flack for speaking out, and was thereafter unwilling to “stick his head above the parapet”, according to anecdotal reports. [more]

Witch-Hunts & Excommunications - How Steiner-Waldorf Communities Sever Ties  [13-Jan-15]

Steiner-Waldorf schools appear to go to great lengths to make it look as if anyone leaving did so of their own accord, and it's only after having exhausted all other avenues that they formally "ask them to leave".  [more]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Steiner Education  [20-Sep-14]

Steiner-Waldorf schools have a reputation for offering a kinder, gentler alternative education, where the “whole child” is taken into account in beautiful surroundings, and where communities “live through deeds of love and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions” (Rudolf Steiner). Readers of this site will know that there’s another side to this coin.  [more]

Misogyny - Steiner’s Antidote to Accountability  [5-Aug-14]

A 1997 study by Golden (“Narrative - The use of story in Waldorf education”) concerning narrative and gender mentioned in the 2005 Woods Report, suggested that “the stories used throughout the Steiner curriculum are embedded "within patriarchy"”, that “the male, and male hierarchy, appear as the norm in stories”, and also that “on the basis of interviews with children, stories are interpreted in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes”. [more]

Deleted Archive  [20-Jan-13]
Steiner Critic Alicia Hamberg has written a post announcing her intention to delete some older posts from her blog. Some of these relate to us and our situation with the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, from a time when her and other critics were sympathetic to our experience.  [more]

Speculative Judgement [30-Jun-12]
Several months after the initial mobbing that prompted us to write the open letter to the Steiner ‘critics’, we can provide the following insight into why they have turned on a family reporting exactly the same kind of negative and damaging experiences which appear so frequently online.  [more]

Criticism on a Plate [18-Feb-12]
Alicia Hamberg’s posting ‘Change’ which she wrote having banned us from her blog, in fury, has now surfaced on an obviously pro-Steiner website. Not only that, but the site’s entry links directly to her extremely agressive pronouncement about us, our children and our experience with the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School.  [more]

Initial responses to our Open Letter [10-Nov-11]
We posted our open letter three weeks ago and have been waiting for responses from the Steiner Critic community to see if they approved or not of the actions of some people, done apparently in their name. Although they haven’t replied to us personally, we did find mention of the letter’s existence on the web, namely from Alicia Hamberg (pictured), Diana Winters and the elusive “Thetis Mercurio”. [more]

Luciferocious Behaviour: An open letter to the Steiner critics [12-Oct-11]

This letter to Steiner critics seeks answers to the following questions:

1. Do the critics generally approve of the aggressive behaviour of some critics towards people who’ve had negative experiences of the Steiner movement but whose methods may not be understood?

2. Do these people who apparently see themselves as gatekeepers of Steiner criticism actually represent the views of all critics? [more]