[QUOTE]Originally posted by MomtoMia
In my previous posts I've made it quite clear that this is exactly what I intend to do (pursue my own research, that is).
Good for you. Never check your critical thinking skills at anyone's door. These kids belong to you and no one else. It is your job to protect and guide them. How refreshing to see someone up to the task.
I've also made it quite clear that I've not yet developed an informed opinion regarding Waldorf or Anthroposophy -- beyond my opinon that Steiner held racist beliefs which are inexcuseable.
(Steiner's racist declarations seem to be undisputed by either side, on this thread anyway).
Go to http;//www.waldorfcritics.org
. Using the search butto, search racism.
In doing so, my objective was to convey that alarm bells invariably go off in my brain whenever members of a particular group appear to resent examination of their system.
Yes. Exactly. Education must be fluid. if examination is resisted, one must question.
The validity of either argument become irrelevant as my internal monologue generates the following questions: Why are they so defensive? What have they to hide? Why won't they address the criticisms directly? Do they or do they not possess thorough knowledge of the material?
Well, you are one smart Mama. Stay that way. Your kids need you. Don't be duped by Steiner. BTW, how many people here would want to leave your kids in the environment Meredith described? Do you want another kid biting, kicking and screaming to be handled by meditation?
I would not sacrafice my kid again. (I did once, and it took a lot of fixing.)
If indeed there is no legitimacy to these criticisms, then the resistance to probing inquiries do a great disservice to the integrity of Waldorf, as it is this resistance ITSELF that begins to set off the bells.
You are a smart one. If Waldorf is smart, they won't take you. I predict you would be an ardent critic. You sound too much like me. Just can't check those critical thinking skills at Waldorf's door.
Do not worry, I tend to reserve judgment until after I've finished with my own investigation and it would be my guess that the the majority of thoughtful, diplomatic, and progressive thinking idividuals do the same. However, that does not preclude the discovery of a few insights along the way.
We have sounded the bells. You either hear them or you don't. I've been around too long to invest myself in your decision. That said, know we will always hold a spot for you on our Waldorf Survivor list. We regularly pick duped parents up off the floor. We have lots of resources for your damaged kids too. If you want to go that route.
Would you want to be the mother of the boy in Meredith's post?