This Very Day

This page has become dated. 
I suspect, however, that Internet searches 
conducted now would produce similar results 
(although Waldorf schools, already secretive, 
may learn to be even more guarded). 
I invite you to make the experiment. 

— Roger Rawlings
November, 2013

October 8, 2010

Lest there be any doubt that Waldorf and Steiner schools today still embrace the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, here’s what turned up today during a very quick dash around the Internet, visiting Waldorf websites. (Elapsed time: perhaps 30 minutes; a quick and very incomplete survey. If you looked longer, you would doubtless find much more.)

If you have begun to understand Anthroposophical jargon, you will find certain indicators beyond the mere pledge of allegiance to Steiner. Look for words and phrases such as the following (all of which have special meanings within the Waldorf/Anthroposophical community): 

"spiritual phenomena" 

"spiritual nature" 

"spiritual principles" 

"soul and spirit" 

"whole child" 





"developmental stages" 

"destiny" (aka karma) 

"explained by Steiner" 

"inspired by Steiner" 

"Steiner's understanding" 


and the like.

Note, too, that the statements I quote here are reasonably candid. Far too often, Waldorf schools that are deeply devoted to Steiner and his occult teachings deny it to outsiders — meaning you. 

The Sacramento Waldorf School is a private pre-K through twelfth grade school ... Its mission is to prepare young people to fulfill their highest potential by educating them according to the pedagogical and spiritual principles of Rudolf Steiner. []

Mt Barker Waldorf School has as its primary aim the provision of a unique education based on Rudolf Steiner's philosophy of pedagogy ... We consider that the tasks of the education can be best accomplished in a community that...helps students to develop the skills and values they need to fulfil their unique destiny.... []

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School strives to lead children to a balanced development ... To achieve this goal each teacher works artistically with a curriculum...compatible with human developmental stages as explained by Rudolf Steiner. []

The Santa Fe Waldorf School is an independent school...founded on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The faculty and staff work out of a deep respect for the creative potential and spiritual nature in each human being. []

The Waldorf School of Bend, inspired by Rudolf Steiner, joins in community to educate, nurture, and celebrate the journey towards each one's highest potential. []

Guided by Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy and enriched by the diversity of our community, we support the unfolding of the whole child to create the possibility of a whole world. []

Toronto Waldorf School strives to provide an education which fosters in each child a sense of meaning and purpose in life, and confidence in the meeting of individual destiny ... We are inspired and guided in our work by the pedagogical and spiritual insights of Rudolf Steiner.... []

Botton Village School is founded upon the educational ideals of Rudolf Steiner ... There are now over seven hundred Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools established throughout the world that base their approach and curriculum on Steiner's ideas. []

Based upon the principles of Waldorf education, as initiated by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), our mission is to create a healthy educational environment where we support teachers in their work to foster imagination, inspiration and intuition in the children.... []

The Rudolf Steiner school embraces Waldorf education, a pedagogy derived from the insights of the Austrian-born scientist, philosopher, artist, and educator Rudolf Steiner ... We strive to educate the whole human being....  []

We work to offer an education that develops the whole child — head, heart, and hands / thinking, feeling, and willing / intellectually, spiritually, and morally — based on the principles set forth by Rudolf Steiner.... []

Rudolf Steiner...began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena. His multi-faceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, science, education (Waldorf schools) ... In 1925 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. []

The school works within the Steiner Waldorf ethos which is to enable each child to develop and balance their spiritual, intellectual, emotional and practical qualities from Kindergarten onwards. []

The Mission of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School is educating children from Early Childhood through 8th Grade ... The origin of this education lives in the understanding of the whole human being as body, soul and spirit; the pedagogy is based upon the work of Rudolf Steiner, and has grown into the worldwide Waldorf school movement. []

Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of adolescent and human development is the foundation of our work. []

The Clover Hill School is committed to the proven ideals and methods of Waldorf Education, inspired by Rudolf Steiner ... We offer a classical education that addresses the whole child, including the head, the heart and the hands ... We recognize each child as a being of body, soul and spirit. []

[Oct. 8, 2010, R. R.]

— Compiled by Roger Rawlings

To visit other pages in this section of Waldorf Watch, 
use the underlined links, below.


Christmas : Waldorf-style

extremity : love, out of bounds

fairy tales : their use in Waldorf schools

gender : boys and girls

holistic education : the "whole child"

if only : wishing, hoping...

more on education : quotations about education, religion, health...

PR : efforts to "re-brand" Waldorf schools

pseudoscience : at Waldorf schools

Q&A : informed opinions, and others

spiritual syllabus : in the open

star power : astrology Waldorf-style

this very day

visits : welcome?

Waldorf priests : doing their duty

BBC & SWSF : on the air