I am not a fan of Waldorf education, and particularly not a fan of Waldorf charter schools. (another post from a person expressingA similar view)
Zooey was educated in a Swedish Waldorf school, which was (to put it mildly) not a happy experience for her. She is an active participant in the Yahoo group Waldorf Critics, which is an open list (anyone may see the messages), and also blogs in Swedish and English at http://zooey.wordpress.com/
The Waldorf-Critics list was founded in 2007 and has (among others) the following advisories and rules:
A free-speech public forum operated by PLANS, Inc., as an information resource for anyone interested in Waldorf education who wants to hear views from outside the cult of Rudolf Steiner. Subscription is open to the public, and postings are not reviewed in advance. Not for the overly sensitive.
The postings and archives are public information but copyright remains with the writers. By submitting a message to the list, you agree to allow the inclusion of that message in the list archives at yahoo.com and waldorfcritics.org, and the quoting of that message in other messages to the list. We assume that by posting on a public list you want your ideas disseminated, and we do not object to the quoting of this list elsewhere.
There was an odd, short saga on the Waldorf-Critics list recently A US woman, JennSW, joined the group on May 16, and proceeded to post identifying details about herself and details about her childrens' mental-health issues. She proceded to lecture and patronize group members, all the while defending the Waldorf school where one of her children had been enrolled for less than a full academic year. There was, as usual, vigorous discussion.
JennSW claimed to have been "online since 1996", but seemed curiously naive about many things: blithely posting intimate family details to an open forum, coming into a well-established forum and complaining about the forum's mission and tone of discussion, condescending to the decades of experience that many of the forum participants have, and so on.
JennSW joined the forum on May 16. By May 20, she had filed a "Cease & Desist" legal action against another forum member. I wonder if that's a land-speed record for taking offense and responding with legal action.
On May 18,Alicia H. posted a response to some of JennSW's points to her blog, http://zooey.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/discussion-boring-mindless-stupid-on-repeat-forever/including quoting some of the personal details JennSW had revealed about her children. The post has been removed following the C&D order, but I have a copy of the post.
On May 20, On May 20, JennSW set Alicia an email entitled, "Sick, Sick individual", which Alicia reposted to the Waldorf Critics link, and she also posted a response on her blog: http://zooey.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/waldorf-bliss-ninny-not-quite-so-blissful-after-all/ with a link to the group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19241,again quoting matter that Jenn herself had posted about her children. The post has been removed following the C&D order, but I have a copy of the post.
By the afternoon of May 20, JennSW had hired an attorney in the US and had forwarded a "Cease & Desist" letter to Alicia (who lives in Sweden) and to her blog's host, Wordpress.
On May 22 and 23, JennSW appeared at Alicia's blog to defend her actions. Not once, but one two three four five six seven a href="http://zooey.wordpress.com/201eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen times. She has apologized for sending the email, while continuing to defend her actions. Added: she also still doesn't get the deep racism and anti-semitism embedded in Waldorf pedagogy.
JennSW has not offered to lift the Cease & Desist order, which while in force, continues to hamper Alicia's ability to use her blog. The C&D order is in the process of being resolved I find this curious. I continue to find it curious that JennSW's responses to the dissemination that she herself had revealed was (1) a vituperative email to someone she had been in contact with for less than 96 hours (2) legal action.
Selected Posts to Forum History--some of the linked messages have been removed
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19052 JennSW reveals that both her children are enrolled in a small preK-8th grade Waldorf school
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19056 PeteK (a man with a long, painful history with Waldorf) response to Jennifer -- very few schools "do waldorf right"
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19068 Alicia's first comment re JennSW But 'Jennifer's' arguments in favour of waldorf education are pretty much the usual stuff, coming from a waldorf proponent. I don't see why Jennifer's actual existence -- as a real person, living in Sweitzerland, giving voice to these opinions -- would matter in replying to those views. Lots of waldorf parents believe the same thing. The passage I replied to, e g, could have been written by almost any waldorf proponent. Troll or not.
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19070 in which Frank T Smith writes to Alicia I know you and Pete are innocent as newborn angels, so allow me to explain that this Jennifer is a special kind of troll - a planted double agent (or double negative like nichts weniger als). Planted with obvious misinformation: that Swiss W-schools are state funded.
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19075 Jenn SW responds further to Frank Thomas Smith's message These comments sound like those one hears from a paranoid schizophrenic. Planted double agents? Wow. Scary.
- May 16 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19076 Jenn SW further writes: I'm a she and that's my real name Pete. Why else would I ask you if people in an anti-Waldorf forum would even be interested in any non-critical feedback? I was asking in advance whether I'd meet with foaming-at-the-mouth haters, or calm critics who could have an intelligent conversation, with or without differences.... I didn't even say all that much about Waldorf, ... I guess because it baffles me that people would spend so much time hating on small private schools....
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19079 Alicia to the group at large but pointed at Jenn ....Has it occurred to you....that our interest in waldorf education, these 'small private schools'.... comes from experiencing these schools personally?....I'm often asked why I don't do something else -- take on some more important issue, I gather -- and I see this as a way of waldorf proponents to deflect attention from their movement. Like: why do you care about our relatively minor wrongdoings, when children are being murdered elsewhere (insert some other important issue)? But then I would like to ask: why do you care about what's written on this list, why do you care that some of us 'fight' a 'small private' initiative, when there's, like, starvation, war, and innumerable other horrors left to be solved in the world? Or: why don't you go solve the awful problems of public schools, instead of spending time bothering about a group of people who you think deal with mere trifles anyway?
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19082 Pete K to JennSW Frank IS a double agent. He is a Waldorf teacher trainer - not a critic. His job is to make you look silly to other parents who come here for information...
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19083 Pete K to JennSW What has Waldorf done to demand so much hate from people? What standards do they maintain or fall short of... with respect to public schools. If they are sub-standard schools, should they take money away from public schools? [this is in connection with Waldorf charters in the US] If everyone is connected by a religious philosophy, is it possible that when abuse occurs it is covered up (as I experienced first hand)? We all pick our battles. Those of us who are here are not here by choice (necessarily). We were drawn into this fight by dishonest practices at Waldorf schools around the world. Others can fight the problems in public schools. Somebody has to do THIS.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19084 from JennSW (she had been a member of the group for less than 48 hours): Alicia, I totally assumed you had some bad Waldorf experiences. And, as I've said in more than one post, I can't argue with your experiences.....I suppose there are also some who come in here just because they pay taxes and don't want to pay for public Waldorf schools. That motivation baffles me a little. If Waldorf was THE public school option, I'd understand the concern. But if parents have options between different forms of public education, I think that's brilliant. One size doesn't fit all, and I'm fine with that.....So, is this still a psychic healing process for you, is that why you're fighting? .....
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19085 In which JennSW complains about the cost of private US Waldorf schools, and discovers that Alicia is from Sweden
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19086 In which JennSW casts aspersions on Sweden
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19087 In which JennSW responds to the news that Frank is a Waldorf teacher-trainer, and asserts that her school doesn't exhibit "the secrecy or paranoia thing"
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19088 Pete K. to JennSW .[are].the Waldorf teachers you have experienced are up-front about Anthroposophy and its role in Waldorf curriculum? I'm curious where you may have encountered that. I check a lot of Waldorf school websites. So far, every indication is that Anthroposophy, if mentioned *at all* is described as something the teachers are taught but not something that reaches the children. That is simply a lie... but I'm willing to acknowledge that there could be a Waldorf school somewhere that is honest about the reason for Waldorf education - the spread of Anthroposophy... Waldorf schools are the missionary arm of Anthroposophy....It's dishonest to pretend Waldorf is here to educate children - they do a terrible job of that.....
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19089 In which Jennifer discusses Montessori and religious schools in non-complimentary terms.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19090 Walden responds to JenniferSW we still see far too many families leaving Waldorf/Steiner schools feeling confused, disappointed and angry.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19091 Pete K to group In which Pete describes some of the Anthrosophy beliefs guiding Waldorf education, and " Parents have a right to criticize Waldorf for this"
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19092 Jenn SW: I came here to find out what the critics had to say, before I enrolled my
children. I believe in informed consent, hearing all views and then making my
decision....and then a long description of how her children suffered in public school, including mental health details about her children.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19093 Alicia to Jennifer According to some waldorf proponents, it seems that anyone, who
has anything bad to say about their waldorf experience, spend too much energy 'hating'. Everything they don't like is evidence of 'hating'. I can tell you, though, that I don't care one bit about saving waldorf or creating alternatives. I think this is the task of teachers,
educational researchers and people with children. It has nothing to do with me. Again, I would lie if I pretended differntly.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19094 JennSW to Walden... I've only seen damage from public schools. Hideous damage....why the underlying traditional Christian mentality [in public schools] was much more of a concern for me personally than gnomes or reincarnation. :) I'm curious whether most of the main critics here are anti ALL religion and spiritual philosophy?
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19096 Alicia to Jennifer Expressing a negative opinion isn't the same as hating.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19097 Jenn SW to group, describing her hopes and ideas about what Waldorf education will mean for her children, and responding to the criticisms Pete K made in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19091; JennSW indicates she's indifferent to some of the wilder theories because she likes the outcome.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19098 Alicia to JennSW, Why Waldorf won't answer your the problems JennSW posed in her message http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19092
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19099 Alicia to JennSW refuting some of the claims Jenn made in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19097, ending with the message Good idea. Finally some sense from a waldorf school.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19100 JennSW to group, attacking Sweden, Alicia, and the very existence of Waldorf-critics I feel that creating an entire group based on hating something, and spending an inordinate amount of time on criticism, is not good for us as people. I personally feel that banks deserve a non-stop stream of criticism, but I'm not going to put myself in that negative place of being the one immersed in it.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19103 Peter K. responding calmly and respectively, in depth to JennSW's post http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19092, pointing out that there are some negative aspects of Waldorf for the things JennSW admires. He wrote "Well, the racist stuff IS ALL BAD for EVERY child... but I agree, not every child is destined to become a scientist... so let the parents decide for them if they will give them an education based on real facts or one based on spiritual "facts".
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19104 Alicia responding to JennSW's message http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19100 I'm not sure what you think is 'inordinate', but criticism has a place. And it is good. Nothing will ever be changed for the better if nobody points out the errors and the problems. To point out the obvious: you've been fairly generous with negative opinions about us. Is that good for you?
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19108 JennSW describing the positive changes for the better she sees in her son since enrolling in a Waldorf school, and how her children's Waldorf school responds to bullying, etc. More personal details about her family are revealed.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19111 Peter K, responding to Jenn SW's post lauding her children's school http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19108 I'd LOVE to know which Waldorf school this is Jenn... I'll start recommending it... seriously!
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19112 Alicia responding to Jenn SW's post http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19108 example: This is where I begin to think you are a troll after all. This is not
how waldorf children behave in connection to prohibited items or activities. They're desperately interested in all those things their parents and teachers want to keep from them. They don't want health food, because the alternatives are so much more exciting when they are forbidden. The less access they have to real TVs, the more curious
they are about TV. But, yes, as I said, they quickly learn the necessary survival skills -- among them, deception.
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19113 in which JennSW AGAIN reveals facts about her children's emotional well-being, and "Our tuition is more than our mortgage...:
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19115 JennSW swerves off course with bringing up a Swedish child custody case that has nothing to do with Waldorf, Domenic Johansson
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19123 In which JennSW defends her particular Waldorf School against criticisms levied by Peter K in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19103
- May 17 Jenn SW posts messages 19124 -19125 not directly relevant
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19126 Jenn SW responds to Alicia's message http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19112 , clarifying that JennSW began reading W-C in 2010, before deciding to enroll her children in a specific Waldorf school in the US. JennSW also lauds her children's school. Jenn again reiterates her feeling about US public school "...the values of fundamental Christianity still permeate, regardless of how they label them trust me."
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19128 JennSW declines to name the school her children attend, for privacy reasons.
- May 18 messages 19128-129 Alicia responding to some previous messages
- May 17 JennSW posts messages 19129 -19130 not directly relevant
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19131 Pete K responds quite firmly to JennSW's rosy-colored view of her children's Waldorf school in her message http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19123 including "But let some teacher sneak in a little racism with their science class and your kids will jump up and challenge them... right? Gimme a break!"
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19132 JennSW clarifies that her son is enrolled and her daughter will start in the fall at a specific Waldorf school
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19133 PeteK to JennSW "You mean you came to this list and STILL enrolled in Waldorf? Wow... we must be slipping..."
- May 17 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19134 JennSW (who has been at the school for less than a year) Pete, you've made it TOTALLY clear that you don't believe for one minute that our school is ANY different from any other Waldorf School. I'm all for balanced discussion of pros and cons, but I love our school and would never open it up to complete bashing like that going on here. JennSW also reveals that she left LA "9 years ago" "My children have been to 9 countries and 1/2 the states and can fill in an empty map of the world."..."I'm going to go
have a margarita, watch a good movie and try to shake off all this negativity."
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19137 Alicia commenting (somewhat sarcastically) on JennSW's message http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19126
- May 18 Alicia to group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19140 "Everybody forgot the kids who were abused, forgot that kidsweren't learning, forgot to check if their fantasy matched reality."
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19141 Pete K responds quite strongly to JennSW's support of the Waldorf school her son has been enrolled in for less than a full school year. "I think you're leaving a LOT up to your kids to discern for themselves... and you have barely discerned what you have gotten them into.
I hope you're right (but I know you' are not)."
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19142 Pete K refers to a 2003 case, in which a U.S. Senator's daughter, abused children at a Kentucky Waldorf school "Strapping children to their chairs.... humiliation has nothing to do with discipline in Waldorf."
- May 18 messages 19143-45 Pete K to group about the alleged abuses common in Waldorf schools and refers to the national governing body "the fact that all Waldorf teachers are bound by a religious philosophy makes the covering up of abuse relatively easy to do."
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19146 Alicia to group: "I suppose repeated misconduct and abuse are not grounds for exclusion -- not in sufficient breach of the waldorf principles."
- May 18 messages 19147-51
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19152 JennSW I'm sorry, but I have to admit, the more I read, the less I believe in terms of
the horrific experiences people are claiming on this board. Why? Because you
directly contradict my experiences [note of less than one full school year] in any way, not knowing me, my school, my children, and not even being from my state or country. That is arrogance and ignorance, plain and simple.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19153 Alicia to group. "it's always about the parent's dream, not the child's dreams or future. It's the parent's search for a lost paradise, for a type of education s/he never had, for spiritual fulfillment."
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19154 JennSW to Pete (via group): Again, your arrogance is astonishing. The 9 children who are in the class have been together since nursery school. No one in their right mind would seriously contradict another person without having the slightest idea whether this were true or not. Sorry, I'm open to listening and different points of view, but in light of this bizarre one-sided obsession you seem to have, your credibility is shot with me. You don't need to reply, I won't see the response.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19155 JennSW to group..instead of explaining anything, everyone here just rants and raves and is absolutely positive that they know my children, me, our school, our experiences inside and out. Frankly, it's starting to sound stark raving mad. Normal, intelligent discussions are not one sided and convoluted like this.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19157 In which Alicia rebuts JennSW re the ideal nature of Waldorf psychological suffering is not really restricted to people who attend mainstream education, even if you'd like to
pretend this. It happens to children who grow up in waldorf paradise too. And sometimes waldorf makes matters worse -- they don't prevent bullying or abuse, they don't offer opportunities for intellectual development, and so forth...Your love affair with waldorf, it seems to me, is still clouding your preception and your reason...That said, I still don't think you're a genuine person. But why the hell someone made you up, I can't for my life understand.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19158 PeteK to JennsW ....we know Waldorf better than you do. How can you claim otherwise, BTW? You only recently discovered it... whereas, I, for example,have a history with Waldorf going back two decades... Alicia even longer I suspect. But you, discovering it a few months ago, have figured Waldorf (not to mention Waldorf Critics) out completely.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19159 Alicia to group: What arrogance? Can't you read? I told you about the waldorf school I
attended. It sounds just like yours. That's why I'm sceptical about your claims. They're run-of-the-mill waldorf junk. Seen it thousands of times. I, obviously, have no information about the 9 or 11 children in your child's class -- that's why I'm not discussing your child, you or your child's class. I can neither verify nor refute what you're saying about your personal stuff. I can only tell you that I've heard it before, and based on experience and lots of reading -- and I'm not in the place where I'm prepared to take your word for it. I know better, if you excuse me.
- may 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19161 alicia
What really miffs you, I think, is that -- I'll only speak for myself now --I don't care at all about your children, you, your school or your experiences. ....The discussion isn't about you or them, because nobody knows the truth about any of it. It's about waldorf, and how
it is represented. ... To me, you represent the typical positive waldorf parent. You think waldorf is great. There are lots and lots and lots who think that. So what?
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19167 Walden to JennSW Athough I *really* don't want to be seen as dumping on you or your school, I do think you might want to consider why you chose to enter into discussion here.
Remember, this is called "Waldorf Critics." I understand that you are delighted with your Waldorf school and you believe it not to have problems found at many other such Waldorf schools. You seem very clear on this point. Of course, we have not gone into curriculum issues that will arise as your children progress. I'd like to suggest, however, that you at
least *consider* what some people have written here but you might want to try
not to generalize while accusing others of generalizing.
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19168 JennSW reveals more about her family, and goes on to say ...I have since found that the list seems to exist just to vent, really, to spread word about their bad experiences, but not to discuss anything with any kind of open mind....
- May 18 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19177 PeteK to JennSW after you've been doing this as long as some of the posters here,you will have an understanding that goes BEYOND your personal experience. When the things that happened in your personal experience are validated dozens and dozens of times, at your school, at neighboring schools, and at schools around the world, well, at some point it becomes safe to call them more than your personal experiences. They are experiences that occur in Waldorf environments everywhere.
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19181-19183 Alicia to Jenn, rather snarky
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19184 Alicia to Jenn, ..."arrogant Waldorf bliss-ninny"
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19186 Pete K.'s detailed rebuttal of one of JennSW's previous posts (now deleted?)
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19187 Alicia to JennSW, detailed rebutal of some of Jenn's assertion
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19188 Dan Dugan (list moderator) rebukes Alicia for ad hominem attack on JennSW
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19189 PeteK explains who Sune Norwall is
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19195 Alicia posts a link to http://zooey.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/impact
- May 19 Messages 19203-19210 have been deleted
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19207 In which JennSW states "Alecia hates children and doesn't give a shit about them," and goes on (and on) about the case "I'm just not assuming that Swedish experiences relate much to my world."
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19216 Alicia responding to JennSW I didn't accuse you. I replied to what you wrote about your impressions about us.
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19218 Walden discusses the shortcomings of Waldorf Teacher Training
- May 19 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19219 Alicia discusses a message from JennSW that has since been deleted
- May 20 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19221 Alicia posts an email from JennSW sent to her off-list, which opens with "Never in all my years online have I encountered such a nasty, arrogant and thoroughly disgusting individual."
- May 20 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19230 Alicia brings up the website of a US Waldorf school by URL only http://waldorfct.org/
- May 21 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19248 Alicia forwards the Cease & Desist order, sent to her by attorneys JennSW has hired, to Waldorf-Critics
- May 21 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/19249 Alicia on the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School: As I said, I did receive an email from someone who wished to expressgrave concerns about this particular school.... The concerns have to
do with, among other things, staff assessing children (it happened more than once) and diagnosing them with learning disabilities. It may not sound so bad -- were it not for the fact that the teacher conducting these assessments was entirely unqualified (ie, had no
relevant academic background) and incompetent.
Thetis Mercurio and another English Steiner/Waldorf education wrote a three-part critique which was published on David Colquhoun'ts blog, DC's Improbable Science: (1) The true nature of Steiner (Waldorf) education: Mystic barmpottery at public expense; (2) Steiner(Waldorf) cult uses bait-and-switch to get public funding and (3) Steiner (Waldorf) Schools: the problem of racism.