The problem with that logic is that there are SO many different kids of racism and bigotry - and Steiner's brand is pretty unique - it's even distinguishable from Blavatsky's. So, if a Waldorf teacher TEACHES EXACTLY WHAT STEINER SAID, then there's good reason to believe that the information is coming from Steiner. Again, Waldorf teachers learn about the races in order to deal with children of different races. If they don't think they're racists, WHY DO THEY THINK STEINER'S RACIST MATERIAL IS TAUGHT TO THEM? Even if it doesn't become part of their own belief system, they still need it so that they can do their JOBS and treat children in accordance with their race.
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Steiner and race - Page 2
I don't know when you last checked in with a teaching program, but as of the past year, Waldorf teachers in training are not taught to follow Steiner's racist ideas. We read them and were made aware of their existence, but they were presented to us in the light of history coloring Steiner's thoughts. I know of no current Waldorf teacher who follows that particular piece of Steiner, and I certainly know no teacher who would introduce it in the classroom. My fellow teachers and students come from all walks of life, races, religions, etc. It seems to me that you're under the assumption that this is some tightly-held secret belief within Waldorf schools, when to my knowledge that is not the case at all.
Are you suggesting there has been some sort of change in Waldorf teacher training within the last year? And AWSNA hasn't said a word about this? I think you are mistaken about this. The Waldorf teacher training materials haven't changed. How could they? Nobody is about to re-write Steiner. They may have added a few things, but they definitely haven't removed Steiner's racist material.
Are you told they are still very much a part of Anthroposophy - the philosophy ALL Waldorf teachers are supposed to at least "accept"?
I DO. And we had one Waldorf teacher espousing Steiner's racist ideas just last week on the "Life after Waldorf" thread.
and I certainly know no teacher who would introduce it in the classroom.
My fellow teachers and students come from all walks of life, races, religions, etc.
Sure, but you're all asked to accept Anthroposophy. You don't have to be Anthroposophists but it is required that you work with Anthroposophical concepts (including the racist ones) when you teach children in a Waldorf school. You can be anything you like on your own time, but when you're in Waldorf, you have to follow their rules. Look at the "help wanted" ads on Waldorf school pages to see how often they ask for a "foundation in Anthroposophy".
Well, if it's a secret, maybe you're not in on it? When you say "to my knowledge" it just makes your claim very hollow. Obviously (to me) your knowledge doesn't tell me Waldorf is free of racism, it tells me your knowledge may be very limited.
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