Can You Trust Me?
[R. R. photo, 2001.]
Sunrise as seen one morning
from my back deck.
Waldorf schools and Anthroposophy hold out wonderful promises. For some people, these promises may seem to be at least partially fulfilled. For many others, involvement in the Waldorf and Anthroposophical movements is likely to produce confusion, disappointment, emptiness, and/or alienation from reality. The pursuit of attractive but hollow promises can never, in the end, be truly satisfactory. Above you see a somewhat closer view of the Sun than is available from my deck.
Science can bring us true knowledge of the universe, as Anthroposophy cannot. In the decades since Steiner died, science has more and more disproved his teachings in such fields as botany, biology, geology, physiology, psychology, medicine, astronomy... Anthroposophy does not look closely at reality — it closes its eyes and loses itself in dreams. As for the Sun, the good Earth orbits it — as Steiner often denied — and it does so at a very comfortable distance.
Reality. You can't beat it.
Self and a quadrupedal friend.
Photo by a bipedal friend.
(My dog is not really larger than myself —
she is simply closer to the camera.
Illusions are common in our lives.
Anthroposophy, for instance, consists of nothing
Our task, if we are to live sanely,
is to spot the illusions
and see through them.)
My primary motivation in creating this website has been concern for families who are considering sending children to Waldorf schools. I have tried to lay out, clearly and comprehensibly, the sort of information I wish had been available to my parents when a Waldorf school was recommended to them, for my sisters and me, decades ago.
The process of creating Waldorf Watch has been arduous, taking thousands of hours over a number of years. But I’ll admit that, at one level, I’ve enjoyed it. The more deeply I dug into Steiner’s doctrines, the more amazed I became. His teachings are fascinatingly weird. The more I learned, the more my interest grew.
But now it is time to stop. I’ll never be altogether finished, I suspect. My life has been framed by Waldorf: I was a Waldorf student many years ago, and now in my retirement years I’ve been an investigator delving into the thinking that underpins the Waldorf movement. I will undoubtedly continue to review my work, fixing any errors I may have committed, and perhaps adding a bit of additional research on this point or that. But it is time for me to step back, hoping that others will take over, filling any gaps I have left, perhaps investigating particular Waldorf schools, and in general spreading the truth about Waldorf education.
Mankind faces many problems that are larger and more urgent than Anthroposophy and Waldorf schooling. Still, the harm that lurks in Steiner’s occult teachings needs to be understood and resisted. We cannot make a bright future for coming generations by treading the dark paths of occultism. We need to walk into the light.