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Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf School Movement was intended to develop the child's free spirit. Some Waldorf schools are now moving in a different direction --social justice. On the surface, social justice attitudes seem like positive values to promote, for who wants to see people oppressed? But is such an approach too one-sided for a classroom, particularly one filled with children in their formative years? Will children have a narrow view of life and history if they are taught to view themselves and everything else around them as victims of oppression? The oppressor / oppressed standpoint is Marxist ideology which is the basis of todays social justice movement popularized by the media.
Is The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) Promoting Socialism?
The Neo-Marxist Social Justice Movement has infiltrated the WALDORF SCHOOLS with its emphasis on group identity according to race and gender in opposition to Steiner's vision of free individuality. "The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) annual summer conference was on looking at Waldorf education through the lens of social justice." Communist / Socialist ideology of equal distribution was advocated at the AWSNA Conference: "social, monetary and land resources and rights need to be shared equitably." Read more about conference Download PDF
"social, monetary and land resources and rights need to be shared equitably." AWSNA Conference
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School New Social Justice School Director
Has the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School made a dramatic move away from Steiner education and toward becoming a Social Justice school? Dr. Sue Das (new school director) seems highly experienced in social justice but lacking in knowledge of Waldorf education: Read more about Dr. Das.
"Dr. Das brings to her position at the Steiner School a deep commitment to equity and social justice in teaching and learning." Steiner School announcement
Emerson Waldorf School Diversity Committee
Many Waldorf schools are forming Diversity Committees to implement and monitor politically correct behavior according to Social Justice ideology in the schools. The Emerson Waldorf School encourages informants to come forward to report students, teachers, staff or even family members for offensive behavior they consider to be racist. As we have seen it is almost impossible to defend yourself against an accusation of being a racist. Read more about the Emerson Waldorf Diversity Committee
"If any member of the community – students, teachers, staff, family members – observes or feels threatened by racist behavior, please contact a member of the Diversity Committee." Emerson Waldorf Diversity Committee
Social Justice Curriculum For Waldorf Schools
How much of the Waldorf Curriculum Will Be Replaced By A Social Justice Curriculum? Moving a Waldorf/Steiner school toward Social Justice will necessarily change the curriculum. Here is a Sample Social Justice Lesson PDF from a Social Justice curriculum suggested by Waldorf inspired Oak Meadow. The Waldorf curriculum was founded on Rudolf Steiner's principles for developing free individualities. The Social Justice curriculum is founded on the ideology of postmodern neo-marxism, commonly known as political correctness, which emphasizes collective group identity according to race, gender and sexuality. A Social Justice curriculum will teach your child about the bias and injustice in the world, help them discover their group identity, learn about the injustice of capitalism, how they are oppressed by the privileged, and how they identify on the gender spectrum.
Dr. Torin Finser's new vision for Social Justice Waldorf Schools
According to Waldorf education expert Dr. Torin Finser of Antioch University New England, Waldorf Schools need to "connect with the current issues dividing our society: political polarization, racism, income inequality, immigration, nationalism, and religious fundamentalism." By focusing on these problems in the grade schools he says it can transform the local community. It sounds like Dr. Finser would like to turn the grade school children into political activists by introducing them to how terrible the world really is. Read more
Green Meadow Waldorf School -"broad commitment to social justice"
The goals of the school's "Diversity and Inclusion Committee" include increasing enrollment by giving special preference to underrepresented groups and an affirmative action hiring practice to diversify faculty and staff. They are in the process of training the entire faculty and staff to overcome their assumed prejudice in the "Undoing Racism" framework. These methods of reverse racism often are a divisive influence in the school community when qualified students and job applicants may be rejected because of the color of their skin. Studies show that there is more diversity within a group then there is between groups. Read more
Diversity & Inclusion
Emerson Waldorf Diversity Committee
Emerson Waldorf is committed to providing a safe and nurturing educational environment for every student. We continually seek to improve the ways we serve and support all members of the community. A safe and supportive space is the fertile soil in which all the seeds of diversity may grow. Students feel safer in school when they are educated in a diverse setting, and classroom discussion is enriched with multi-cultural perspectives.
The school’s mission is to be in the vanguard of racial inclusion, and in establishing a community whose diversity may be also defined along ethnic, cultural, gender, sexuality, and economic lines. To do so, we invite speakers and engage in workshops to raise the consciousness of our teachers and staff and to challenge our preconceptions. Training and introspection can then help support our multi-pronged strategy to promote diversity.
First, we regularly review our curriculum to see how we might incorporate stories, paintings, music, and texts from various cultures.
While the traditional Waldorf curriculum is based on European sources, we strive to offer our students experiences from other cultures – a Congolese play, a slave narrative, or an historical narrative of the Lumbee tribe expelling the Klu Klux Klan from a North Carolina county are just a few examples. In addition, teachers strive to acknowledge different perspectives in their teachings. A history lesson about the Vietnam War might include the perspectives of North and South Vietnamese, and tales of European explorers might be complemented by writings of Native Americans.
Second, we endeavor to attract families from underrepresented communities and economically disadvantaged families who would like to benefit from Waldorf education. Our development efforts are directed, in part, to raising money for tuition assistance for families that otherwise might not be able to afford private school.
Third, we undertake extensive outreach activities to attract and train teachers from under-represented minorities. After all, students respond to teachers who look like them or who have had similar life experiences. And the community of teachers grows in sensitivity, awareness, and exposure along with its diversity.
Our challenge is to pursue all of these aspects of creating a diverse community. We are committed to the challenge.
One final note: Rudolf Steiner’s writings have sometimes been used to justify racial and cultural bias. The Emerson Waldorf School rejects any such use or interpretation of our educational philosophy. We will address instances of racism or cultural insensitivity through engagement and discipline.
If any member of the community – students, teachers, staff, family members – observes or feels threatened by racist behavior, please contact a member of the Diversity Committee.
"Dr. Das brings to her position at the Steiner School a deep commitment to equity and social justice in teaching and learning."
"(Dr. Das is) skilled in curriculum alignment and development..."
"Dr. Sue Das is the right person at the right time for Steiner, as we go through a vitally important transition in our school's history," said Chris Lee, president of the Steiner School Board of Trustees and a member of the school director search committee. "She brings extraordinary knowledge as an educator, deep experience as an administrator, and wisdom from her rich and meaningful life story. Combine all this with her fresh perspective, quiet confidence and compassion for children, and we will have a very strong leader to help guide our future."
An experienced global educator, Dr. Das has broad teaching, literacy, and leadership experience in primary, secondary, and higher educational settings. Skilled in curriculum alignment and development, and holistic assessment frameworks, she is an international presenter in literacy topics.
A native of Calcutta, India, Dr. Das brings to her position at the Steiner School a deep commitment to equity and social justice in teaching and learning. She has worked as a board member and a volunteer to create international literacy initiatives for non-profits, including Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
Dr. Das earned her Ph.D in language, literacy and learning from Fordham University in New York and holds master of arts degrees in both teaching (N-6) and reading (K-12) from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., as well as a master of arts degree in English from the University of Calcutta and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Saint Xavier's College in Calcutta, India. Dr. Das holds a certificate of advanced educational leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and has completed educational leadership training at the Vanderbilt University Peabody School of Education, The Children's School, Fairfield University, and Kingswood Oxford School. Most recently, Dr. Das was a fellow at the National Association of Independent School's Aspiring Heads Institute.
Dr. Das comes to the Steiner School from the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., an independent, college preparatory day school providing character-based education for boys in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. At Brunswick, Dr. Das has served as a teacher and administrator since 1998 and currently serves as the co-director of the Brunswick Faculty Institute, an in-house professional development program. Throughout her career, she has championed linguistics, literacy, early childhood, special education, action research and STEAM, for which she received her teaching certification in 2015. Dr. Das's teaching experience includes gifted, remedial, and other elementary education programs for children from pre-K through grade 8, as well as adjunct professorships in language and literacy at Queens College of Education, Manhattanville College of Education, and Iona College of Education.
Commenting on her appointment as Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Director, Dr. Das writes, "In my own life, I strive to be a global citizen and have been blessed with truly remarkable teachers. These authentic relationships and experiences, coupled with my own sense of calling in my work, have brought me to this unique haven that is the Steiner School. I have seldom seen the absolute and pure joy, excitement, commitment and passion for education that I've seen at Steiner. As the Director, I am looking forward to being part of the Steiner School fabric — to grow and learn alongside the community, as well as continue the work of educating the 'whole child' in the 21st century."
Rudolf Steiner criticized academic ethnic and gender studies research 125 years ago, far ahead of his time. These studies have no value for understanding what is important—each person's unique individuality. Astonishing quotes on how to understand an individuality.
The intention of this website is to renew Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy Of Freedom according to Steiner's original impulse of freedom that motivated him to write the book.
"Many strive to conduct their lives in the direction of the principles I have suggested. To them I dedicate this book." Rudolf Steiner TPOF
The Individual Is The Center Of All Life
Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy Of Freedom is different than his later work in Anthroposophy. After all, the Anthroposophical Society wasn't formed until 20 years later. The Philosophy Of Freedom is a scientific—not a spiritualistic—worldview. It is not authoritarian or group dependent—it is about true individuality. It was published when Steiner publicly declared himself an Individualist Anarchist. "The human individual is the source of all morality and the center of all life” RS TPOF 9.12. Learn about the two periods of Steiner's life and the two paths he gave: 2 videos: Scholar Period and Occult Period - The Science Path And The Occult Path
Science Of Freedom
"The Philosophy Of Freedom is the foundation of a new branch of science—the science of freedom. Its method is philosophic based on psychological observation. Its style is the way cognitive theory was expressed in that time... If this science of freedom does not receive the same intensive cultivation accorded other sciences, freedom will be irretrievably lost both by society and by the individual." RS quote - “Without the solid foundation of a science of freedom, freedom would of necessity lead not to liberty, but to license." RS quote video: Neuroscience Confirms Steiner By Discovering Why Human Freedom Is Possible
Peace Based On Freedom, Not Justice
"Freedom is the only word which has a ring of immediate truth today… If, instead of such slogans as peace founded on justice, or peace imposed by force, people would only speak of peace based on freedom, then this word would echo round the world and kindle in the hearts of all a sense of security." RS quote "We are human in the fullest sense only in so far as we are free." RS TPOF 9.11 video: What Does Steiner Say Is Wrong With Democratic Socialism?
Ethical Individualism And A Libertarian Social And Political Life
Dr. Rudolf Steiner's science of freedom proves human evolution is the development of free thought and action. This provides a scientific basis for a libertarian social and political life. When Steiner debated the socialists they described him as delivering "libertarian tirades". "The purpose of The Philosophy Of Freedom is to lay the foundation of Ethical Individualism and of a social and political life." RS quote
Jordan Peterson's Renewal Of The Philosophy Of Freedom
Dr. Steiner said The Philosophy Of Freedom should be updated in 100 years to speak the language of the time. This looked to be a hopeless task lacking anyone qualified. It was last revised in 1918 by Steiner. But now, exactly 100 years later an unkown Canadian psychologist, Dr. Jordan Peterson, has roared upon the scene presenting the basics of Steiner's teachings in an understandable way backed up by the science of psychological and cognitive research. Steiner developed Ethical Individualism out of philosophy. Peterson has developed it out of the theory of evolution. "The same Ethical Individualism which I have developed on the basis of the preceding principles, might be equally well developed on the basis of the theory of evolution." RS TPOF 12.7
Jordan Peterson - The Philosophy Of Freedom
Jordan Peterson - The Social Justice Threat To Freedom
Short Introductory Videos Selected By Jordan Peterson
Pathological Belief Systems
An Animated Intro to Truth, Order and Chaos
On Free Thought and Speech in London
Take Aim, Even Badly
Comedians, canaries and coalmines
The Epic Battle For Freedom
Updating Philosophy Of Freedom
Dr. Peterson says we should express our inner truth, which is the essential teaching of The Philosophy Of Freedom. He teaches the book’s principles of truth, individuality and freedom --the journey of the heroic individual. He also teaches basic principles of anthroposophy such as elements of Christianity, the Logos, the value of archetypes found in ancient myths, and encountering your shadow.
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Potential: Jordan Peterson Tedx Talk
Joining The Epic Battle
The Social Justice Movement has infiltrated the Waldorf Schools, our universities and is spreading into politics to divide us into identity groups. Identity politics is the new form of Marxist oppressor / oppressed doctrine that opposes free individuality and can only lead us, Peterson warns, toward a war of all against all.
The Intellectual Dark Web (which includes Jordan Peterson) May Be The Emergence Of A New Higher Level Of Consciousness
The Heart Of Jordan Peterson
Rudolf Steiner: Peace Based On Freedom, Not Social Justice
Joining The Epic Battle
The Democratic Socialists are strong advocates for the Social Justice Movement. What's wrong with Democratic Socialism?
Whats wrong with Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity? It sounds good. JBP: Make no mistake. The real purpose of Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity is an all-out war on even the concept of excellence.
The Ideology of the Social Justice Movement is Political Correctness which is rooted in a mix of Postmodernism and Neo-Marxism. What is wrong with this Ideology?
5:59 The central claim of Postmodernism is that there is an infinite number of ways to explain even a finite set of phenomena.
How The Social Justice Movement Uses Political Correctness To Destroy Western Civilization To Make Way For Socialism.
The Social Justice Movement has infiltrated our universities and is spreading into politics to divide us into identity groups. Identity politics is the new form of Marxist oppressor / oppressed doctrine that opposes free individuality and can only lead us, Peterson warns, toward a war of all against all.
In The Universities Post-Modernism Is Undermining Western Civilization
The Social Justice Movement dominates university liberal arts. Now it is beginning to infiltrate lower grade education.
WALDORF SCHOOL ALERT: The Social Justice Movement has infiltrated the WALDORF SCHOOLS with its emphasis on group indentity according to race, gender and sexuality in opposition to Steiner's vision of free individuality. "The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) annual summer conference was on looking at Waldorf education through the lens of social justice." Communist / Socialist equal distribution was advocated at AWSNA Conference: "social, monetary and land resources and rights need to be shared equitably." Read about conference here. PDF
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