WALDORF STRAIGHT TALK











The first Waldorf School, Stuttgart, Germany.




Hello.


This site is an effort to offer straight answers to common questions about Waldorf schools (also known as Steiner schools), their policies and operations, the sort of education they provide, and the thinking behind them.

Questions are listed in the sidebar to the left. Just click on any question that interests you. (If the sidebar is hidden, click on the three short parallel lines in the upper left corner of the screen. This should make the sidebar appear.)

My name is Roger Rawlings. I am a former Waldorf school student and the host today of the website Waldorf Watch. The information I provide here is based on extensive research. Much of it is skeptical and even critical of Waldorf education, but I trust it is free of prejudice. I attempt to let the facts speak for themselves.

I provide many links to other sites where you can find additional information, both favorable and unfavorable to Waldorf.* If you want to read opinions that are wholly favorable to Waldorf schools, you can visit such sites as Why Waldorf Works, Defending Steiner, and Rudolf Steiner Web. You can also consult such sources as Wikipedia, but a word of caution is in order: Rudolf Steiner's followers are dedicated and energetic. They often exert great influence on public websites such as Wikipedia, bending them to the position they prefer. So take nothing for granted at any website you visit, including — of course — this one.

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* Trying to present all points of view can cause confusion. One site says "yes," another site says "no." Which is true?

I have worked to make sure that the answers provided here are true, so you may not need to look elsewhere for further information. But consistent with my advice that you should take no one's word without careful examination, I provide links to other sites to help you extend your inquiries, if you choose.



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INDEX

Here are some topics you may want to investigate.

Clicking on the links will take you to the indicated pages at Waldorf Watch.

Ahriman

: Ahriman


Angels

: Polytheism


Anthroposophical Headquarters

[see Goetheanum]


Anthroposophical Medicine

: Steiner's Quackery


Anthroposophy

: Everything

: Is Anthroposophy a Religion?

: Knowing Higher Worlds


Arts-Intensive Curriculum

: Magical Arts


Astral body

: Incarnation


Astrology

: Astrology


Atlantis

: Atlantis


The Bible

: Old Testament

: Was He Christian?


Biodynamic Gardening

: Biodynamics


Brain

: Steiner's Specific


Christ

: Sun God


Clairvoyance

: Clairvoyance

: Exactly


Class Teacher

: Methods


Computers

[see Technology]


Conditions of Consciousness

[see Planetary Conditions]


Cultural Epochs

[see Epochs]


Education

[see Waldorf Schools]


Elemental Beings

[see Nature Spirits]


Epochs

: Epochs


Etheric body

: Incarnation


Eurythmy

: Eurythmy

: Magical Arts


Evolution

: Evolution, Anyone?


Festivals

: Magical Arts


Freedom

: Freedom


Future Jupiter

[see Jupiter]


Future Venus

[see Venus]


Future Vulcan

[see Vulcan]


Gnomes

: Gnomes


Gods

: Polytheism


Goetheanum

: Is Anthroposophy a Religion?


Great Epochs

[see Epochs]


Guardian(s) of the Threshold

: Guardians


Gurus

: Guru


Head, Heart and Hands

: Holistic Education


Hierarchies

: Polytheism


Higher Worlds

: Higher Worlds

: Knowing The Worlds


Holy Grail

: Grail


Human Stage of Evolution

: Steiner Static


"I"

: Incarnation


Imagination

: Thinking Cap


Incarnation

: Incarnation


Indoctrination

: Indoctrination


Initiation

: Inside Scoop


Intellect

: Steiner's Specific


Jupiter (and Future Jupiter)

: Future Stages


Karma

: Karma


Lazure

: Ex-Teacher 2


Lemuria

: Lemuria


Lucifer

: Lucifer


Main Lesson

: Curriculum


Michael

: Michael


Moon (and Old Moon)

: Old Moon, Etc.


Morning Verse

[see Prayers]


Music

: Magical Arts


Mysteries

: Knowing the Worlds


Mystery Plays

: Plays


Myths

: Oh My Word


Nature Spirits

: Neutered Nature


Norse Myths

: The Gods


Occult Science

: Everything


Occultism

: Occultism


Old Moon

[see Moon]


Old Saturn

[see Saturn]


Old Sun

[see Sun]


Organs of Clairvoyance

: Anthropopery


Painting

: Magical Arts


Parents

[see Waldorf Parents]


Planetary Conditions

: Planets


Planets

: Planets


Polytheism

: Polytheism


Prayers

: Prayers


Present Earth

: Present Earth


Progressive Education

: Ex-Teacher 3


Racism

: Steiner's Racism


Reincarnation

: Reincarnation


Religion

: Is Anthroposophy a Religion?

: Here's the Answer


Rhythm

: Encyclopedia, R


Rosicrucianism

: Rosy Cross


Saturn (and Old Saturn)

: Old Saturn


Science

: Steiner's 'Science'


Seven-Year Stages

: Most Significant


Shaded Drawing

: Encyclopedia, S-Sn


Soul World

: Higher Worlds


Spirit-Soul

: Waldorf's Purpose


Spirit World

: Higher Worlds


Spiritual Exercises

: Knowing the Worlds

: Power Words


Spiritual Science

[see Anthroposophy]


Steiner, Rudolf

: What a Guy


Steiner Schools

[see Waldorf Schools]


Steiner-Waldorf Schools

[see Waldorf Schools]


Sun (and Old Sun)

: Old Sun


Sun God

: Sun God


Supersensible

: Encyclopedia, So-Sy


Technology

: Spiders, Dragons and Foxes


Teeth, Change Of

: Incarnation


Television

: Clues


Temperaments

: Temperaments


Thinking

: Thinking


Threefolding

: Threefolding


Vaccination

: Steiner's Quackery


Veil Painting

: Encyclopedia, T-V


Venus (and Future Venus)

: Future Stages


Vulcan (and Future Vulcan)

: Vulcan


Waldorf Parents

: Faculty Meetings


Waldorf Schools

: Waldorf Curriculum

: Here's the Answer

: Incarnation

: Methods

: Sneaking It In

: Soul School

: Spiritual Agenda


Waldorf Students

: Soul School

: Upside

: Who Gets Hurt


Waldorf Teachers

: Teacher Training

: The Waldorf Teacher's Consciousness


War of All Against All

: All v. All


Wet-on-Wet Painting

: Magical Arts


Whole Child

: Holistic Education


Zodiac

: Zodiac