Application submitted for Steiner Free School in Stroud

Stroud News and Journal: Application submitted for Steiner Free School in Stroud Application submitted for Steiner Free School in Stroud

PROPOSALS for a controversial Steiner Free School in Stroud have been formally submitted to the Department of Education.

The school, which will be named Steiner Academy Five Valleys, will accommodate more than 600 pupils and if approved will open in September next year.

Tarra Gilder-Rai of Steiner Academy Five Valleys said: “We are delighted that we have finally been able to submit our application to the Department for Education for a Free Steiner school for the Five Valleys.

“We have been working with the local community for the last 16 months and have been overwhelmed with the level of local support.

“To date 658 families, representing more than 1,100 children have already come forward to support our proposals and we hope to have some positive news to share with them in the spring when we expect to hear whether our application has been approved.”

Stroud Steiner Free School Initiative, the team behind the scheme, has been working with national charity New Schools Network to prepare the application which was submitted on Thursday, January 9.

Natalie Evans, director of New Schools Network, said: “There are nearly 300 Free Schools open or due to open this September which are proving popular with parents and adding good new schools places to their local communities.”

A Steiner Free School has become a controversial issue for some parents and teachers in the Stroud area who are unhappy with taxpayers’ money paying for a school built around the ethos of Steiner education.

Bowbridge resident Helen Saunders launched the campaign group Stop Steiner in Stroud last year to prevent the new school from being built.

Her main concern about a free Steiner school in the area was that parents would be easily attracted to a Steiner education without a full understanding of the curriculum which will be taught at the school.

In a letter she wrote to the SNJ Mrs Saunders said: “The new Steiner free school bid needs to be examined in detail by any kindergarten parents before deciding to support it and make sure you agree with anthroposophy because it is the ‘guiding light’ of Steiner schools.”

Anthroposophy is a system of beliefs based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner which maintains that by correct training and personal discipline one can attain experience of the spiritual world.

However a spokesman for the Stroud Steiner Free School Initiative said that although the school will have a Steiner curriculum no anthroposophy will be taught within the school.

During a visit to Stroud this month Education Secretary Michael Gove attempted to calm fears about a potential free school in Stroud.

He said: “Before any free school is accepted we always think about the impact on other existing schools.”

Since the initiative began the Department of Education has received more than 1,000 free school applications however according to Mr Gove only one in four have been accepted.

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5:57am Tue 21 Jan 14

Dan Dugan says...

" spokesman for the Stroud Steiner Free School Initiative said that although the school will have a Steiner curriculum no anthroposophy will be taught within the school."

This is the deceptive position taken by Steiner schools world-wide. Steiner said:

"We must be somewhat judicious when speaking of the connection between the Anthroposophical Society and the school, so as not to offend people and make them say: Now they have achieved what was intended from the beginning, an Anthroposophists’ school. We must tell them that on the contrary we have extended Anthroposophy to be able to do things of a universally human nature, and show them that Anthroposophy is just the right to bring such things. We must also keep to this where individual details are concerned. We must not give the impression too strongly that we are expounding Anthroposophy. We must utilise Anthroposophical truth in school, not teach it theoretically."


More recently an Australian master Waldorf teacher wrote for readers inside the cult:

"n the great tableau of the main lessons from Class 1 to 12, you teach the child/student in clear, separate terms, about all possible spiritual matters. The curriculum is indeed, in a veiled way of course, Anthroposophy."


-Dan Dugan, Secretary, PLANS Inc. http://www.waldorfcr
itics.org
"[A] spokesman for the Stroud Steiner Free School Initiative said that although the school will have a Steiner curriculum no anthroposophy will be taught within the school." This is the deceptive position taken by Steiner schools world-wide. Steiner said: "We must be somewhat judicious when speaking of the connection between the Anthroposophical Society and the school, so as not to offend people and make them say: Now they have achieved what was intended from the beginning, an Anthroposophists’ school. We must tell them that on the contrary we have extended Anthroposophy to be able to do things of a universally human nature, and show them that Anthroposophy is just the right [sic] to bring such things. We must also keep to this where individual details are concerned. We must not give the impression too strongly that we are expounding Anthroposophy. We must utilise Anthroposophical truth in school, not teach it theoretically." [Steiner, Rudolf. Conferences with the Teachers of the Waldorf School in Stuttgart 1923 to 1924: Volume Four. (1924) Trans. Pauline Wehrle. Forest Row, U.K.: Steiner Schools Fellowship Publications, 1989, p. 76] More recently an Australian master Waldorf teacher wrote for readers inside the cult: "[I]n the great tableau of the main lessons from Class 1 to 12, you teach the child/student in clear, separate terms, about all possible spiritual matters. The curriculum is indeed, in a veiled way of course, Anthroposophy." [Whitehead, Alan. World Within: Child Without: Science Teaching—Class 1 & 2. Brunswick Heads, NSW Australia, 1993, p. 27] -Dan Dugan, Secretary, PLANS Inc. http://www.waldorfcr itics.org Dan Dugan

7:17am Tue 21 Jan 14

AndyLewis says...

It is time Steiner Schools were called out by journalists on this standard and misleading response: "We do not teach Anthroposophy".

Steiner Schools are Anthroposophical schools with all the occult agenda that this entails. The schools will not be open about this. Time for journalism to do its job and uncover truths that others do not want uncovered.
It is time Steiner Schools were called out by journalists on this standard and misleading response: "We do not teach Anthroposophy". Steiner Schools are Anthroposophical schools with all the occult agenda that this entails. The schools will not be open about this. Time for journalism to do its job and uncover truths that others do not want uncovered. AndyLewis

12:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

A Stroud Worm says...

If you want Anthroposophical teaching you can currently pay for it or hope that the free school is sucessful in its application.
If you don't want Anthroposophical teaching, you can currently (and in the future) avoid it.
Bring on the choice.
If you want Anthroposophical teaching you can currently pay for it or hope that the free school is sucessful in its application. If you don't want Anthroposophical teaching, you can currently (and in the future) avoid it. Bring on the choice. A Stroud Worm

1:08pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Pete K says...

In order to fill the school with students, Waldorf promoters lie to parents and the public in general. Lying is a universal "truth" in Waldorf because their guru, Steiner, taught that Waldorf teachers should lie to parents in order to promote Anthroposophy covertly to their children. Anthroposophy isn't a class that may be taught in a lesson... it's a way of life and expression that is demanded of the children in Waldorf schools. There are strict rules in Waldorf schools that ensure the Anthroposophical way of life will be preserved. If all this seems odd to you, then you should read more about Waldorf's elephant in the room... Anthroposophy. Also, read the reviews of many, many parents who found Waldorf to be dishonestly promoted here: http://thewaldorfrev
iew.blogspot.com/
In order to fill the school with students, Waldorf promoters lie to parents and the public in general. Lying is a universal "truth" in Waldorf because their guru, Steiner, taught that Waldorf teachers should lie to parents in order to promote Anthroposophy covertly to their children. Anthroposophy isn't a class that may be taught in a lesson... it's a way of life and expression that is demanded of the children in Waldorf schools. There are strict rules in Waldorf schools that ensure the Anthroposophical way of life will be preserved. If all this seems odd to you, then you should read more about Waldorf's elephant in the room... Anthroposophy. Also, read the reviews of many, many parents who found Waldorf to be dishonestly promoted here: http://thewaldorfrev iew.blogspot.com/ Pete K

1:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

AndyLewis says...

Dear A Stroud Worm.

This choice argument is wrong on a number of levels.

Firstly, Steiner Schools make a point of disguising their anthroposophical nature from parents. Choice in this case is a misinformed choice. That is why so many parents get so angry when they find out the true intentions of the school towards their children.

Secondly, a 600 place school in stroud would seriously displace provision from other schools and probably shut them down. Choice would be drastically reduced for parents who want a non-occult education for their children. There may well be parents who find themselves having no choice but to go to the Steiner School - the alternative being to move out of the area.

If you want an education for your children based on the clairvoyant visions of an early 20th Century Germanic esoteric guru then paying for that privilege remains a sensible approach. Do not inflict your beliefs on others - especially covertly.
Dear A Stroud Worm. This choice argument is wrong on a number of levels. Firstly, Steiner Schools make a point of disguising their anthroposophical nature from parents. Choice in this case is a misinformed choice. That is why so many parents get so angry when they find out the true intentions of the school towards their children. Secondly, a 600 place school in stroud would seriously displace provision from other schools and probably shut them down. Choice would be drastically reduced for parents who want a non-occult education for their children. There may well be parents who find themselves having no choice but to go to the Steiner School - the alternative being to move out of the area. If you want an education for your children based on the clairvoyant visions of an early 20th Century Germanic esoteric guru then paying for that privilege remains a sensible approach. Do not inflict your beliefs on others - especially covertly. AndyLewis

1:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Salendine says...

Stroud Worm,

My daughter attends Thomas Keble. If this new school opens it will take away much needed funds from TK. Your statement that a new school brings choice is overly simplistic. Local senior schools are under subscribed. Another one will inevitably lead to the closure of an existing one. Which one do you suggest? Your choice, but I hope you don't have kids who are happy in their existing school.

Where do I sign up to objecting to this Steiner school?
Stroud Worm, My daughter attends Thomas Keble. If this new school opens it will take away much needed funds from TK. Your statement that a new school brings choice is overly simplistic. Local senior schools are under subscribed. Another one will inevitably lead to the closure of an existing one. Which one do you suggest? Your choice, but I hope you don't have kids who are happy in their existing school. Where do I sign up to objecting to this Steiner school? Salendine

5:02pm Tue 21 Jan 14

A Stroud Worm says...

Well, I'm sure that the Department of Education will have done their homework before they make and publish their decision.
Well, I'm sure that the Department of Education will have done their homework before they make and publish their decision. A Stroud Worm

9:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Margaret Sachs says...

If they depend upon the Woods Report, a 2005 government-commissio
ned study, they won't have done their homework because the study's authors are connected to Anthroposophy. Homework in this case should require looking at independent sources of information on Steiner schools and Anthroposophy. Unfortunately, many so-called studies and articles do not reveal the Anthroposophical connections of the authors or the individuals quoted in their work. I recommend the Waldorf Watch and Waldorf Critics websites as good starting points for independent research.
If they depend upon the Woods Report, a 2005 government-commissio ned study, they won't have done their homework because the study's authors are connected to Anthroposophy. Homework in this case should require looking at independent sources of information on Steiner schools and Anthroposophy. Unfortunately, many so-called studies and articles do not reveal the Anthroposophical connections of the authors or the individuals quoted in their work. I recommend the Waldorf Watch and Waldorf Critics websites as good starting points for independent research. Margaret Sachs

10:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

AndyLewis says...

Glenys Woods, an author of the government commissioned report into bring Steiner Schools into the state education system describes herself as follows:

Glenys’s spiritual path has led to her participation in numerous spiritual workshops and to her initiation as a Priestess of Shekinah and of Divine Mother Sophia, into the Order of Lord Melchizadek and The Violet Flame, and into the work of the Grandmothers (Net of Light). She is a Reiki Master (Atlantean and Crystal) and has been trained in Angelic Reiki Healing, Crystal Skull healing and other methods. Glenys does absent healing, as well as contact healing, which includes animals.

I think that speaks for itself.
Glenys Woods, an author of the government commissioned report into bring Steiner Schools into the state education system describes herself as follows: Glenys’s spiritual path has led to her participation in numerous spiritual workshops and to her initiation as a Priestess of Shekinah and of Divine Mother Sophia, into the Order of Lord Melchizadek and The Violet Flame, and into the work of the Grandmothers (Net of Light). She is a Reiki Master (Atlantean and Crystal) and has been trained in Angelic Reiki Healing, Crystal Skull healing and other methods. Glenys does absent healing, as well as contact healing, which includes animals. I think that speaks for itself. AndyLewis

10:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

KeyserSose says...

Lol how on èarth can a site called Waldorf CRITICS be independent?
Lol how on èarth can a site called Waldorf CRITICS be independent? KeyserSose

10:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

AndyLewis says...

Of course criticism can be independent. You are confusing criticism with neutrality.

Independence means without a conflict of interest or other bias that may prejudice your argument. It is perfectly possible to be independent of the Steiner movement and highly critical of them. One only needs to be concerned about the welfare and education of children to be so.
Of course criticism can be independent. You are confusing criticism with neutrality. Independence means without a conflict of interest or other bias that may prejudice your argument. It is perfectly possible to be independent of the Steiner movement and highly critical of them. One only needs to be concerned about the welfare and education of children to be so. AndyLewis

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