Hannah'smum I don't think anyone is expecting the schools to "delve deeply" just the basic tenets of steiner's belief system would be enough, reiHi ncarnation, rigidly follows a pseudo religion and specific cosmology, as i said before. It's not that complicted really.
I'm told I rpeat, but so do the steiner defenders! Oftensaying, i notice, things about full deep explanations, which no one has mentioned. it isn't an "all or nothing" situation, and we all know how complicated anthroposophy is anyway.
Your experience is very different from mine, and others I know.
The prospectus, for a start, mentions NOTHING about the spirit reincarnation soul beliefs, let alone the word anthroposophy. I think that is misleading and deceptive.
Another school here in the UK, the oldest I think, well known one, has a tiny section in its promotional prospectus which says parents may discover , after a while that everything is based on anthroposophy.
To me , that is a give away- after a while, once you are in.
I have read things by two ex Steiner teachers, trained at Emerson college, who said they were trained to not tell parents about anthroposohy and concetrate on the creative holistic side.
There's a discussion right now, with a Steiner teacher, on another chat board, who says there is a difficulty among Steiner teachers as to how to "educate" parents bout anthroposophy.
That is enough for me! How to educate the parnts about anthroposophy is the crux. They have the knowledge, parents don't. How much should they let on.
If you are happy with this as a parent, that's fine; happy that it's not in your hands, and the teacher, who follows the pedagogy of one man, based on his clairvoyant visions and world view of reincarnation and evolution; the understanding is, in Steiner's long view, is that those educated in this way, will be the spiritual future, recognise each other in future epochs, and lead those lower races who aren't as spiritually advanced.
But some of us would rther bw aware of this world view at the onset of our children's education.
Many parents aren't, and it needs to be addressed I think.