Rudolf Steiner was the founder of Anthroposophy, a barmy crypto-religious movement promoted through Steiner Schools, based on a mystical and racist view of humanity. Beliefs include astrology, clairvoyance and bio-dynamic ritual sacrifice. If that is not wacky enough, anthroposophists believe in reincarnation as Aryans, that the British Isles float on the sea, homeopathy works and gnomes literally exist.
Unsurprisingly, most Steiner Schools are coy about their philosophical origins, coy enough to mislead even, but the smokescreen clears occasionally. For example the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School (MRSS) website promotes the connection and offers a three-year Diploma in Anthroposophical Studies, to train early childhood and primary school teachers.
In the United Kingdom, the Blair Government commissioned three academics to report on what public education could learn from Steiner schools. The hidden agenda was to open the door for Steiner schools to access future public funding. As intended, the report was very positive about Steiner teaching. It was written by Professor Philip Woods, Dr Glenys Woods and Professor Martin Ashley of the Faculty of Education at the University of Western England.
The credibility of the report can be assessed from the biography of Dr Glenys Woods, on her own website:
Surely our children deserve better than this?