What every parent needs to know about Steiner schools: Andy Lewis talking on Steiner schools and anthroposophy

 Merseyside Skeptics Society
Thursday, 17 January, 2013 8.00 – 11.00 PM
The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Andy will also lecture on at the Skeptics in the Pub (Birmingham): ,
Wednesday, 13 March, 19:30 – 22:30
The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His visions gave insights into architecture, art, dance, agriculture, medicine, education, science and diet. His racial hierarchy of spiritual developmental resonated in Germany in the early 20th Century turning a personal belief into a worldwide movement. Today we find hundreds of anthroposophically inspired organisations in the UK alone: everything from Steiner Schools, Biodynamic farms to banks, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, charities and cheese makers.

Andy Lewis has been trying to lift the veil on the inner secrets of the movement and will discuss how this secretive movement has direct impact on public life. He is the developer of the web site quackometer.net, which explores the pseudo-medical claims of alternative medicine web sites and their impact on society.

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One Response to “What every parent needs to know about Steiner schools: Andy Lewis talking on Steiner schools and anthroposophy”

  1. Mandy Says:

    I am sad to read how this man has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. For me, an E.A. trained waldorf teacher and longtime advocate, steiner education was conceived for cultural renewal, graduating children with self-reliance and self-motivation, staying power, zeal, creativity, a sense of social responsibility and reverence for life – all qualities they will need to shape a future where the questions are still as unknown as the answers! In my 25 years experience inside the movement, I can only attest to the promotion of true freedom of thought. Anthroposophy is not taught in Steiner Schools, nor is any dogma imposed upon the children. They are left to make up their own minds, that is the whole point! and the education is designed to bring out and enhance their innate talents and capacities to do so! I personally do not subscribe to any religion, and certainly would not tolerate any brainwashing whatsoever. please look carefully at the results of waldorf education and why we do what we do in more detail before you dismiss it out of hand, yea, even condemn it like this. The Nazis and the Soviets didn’t like it much either because it did promote independent thinking ….

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