"Our highest endeavor must be to develop
free human beings who are able, of themselves,
to impart purpose and direction to their lives."
— attributed to Rudolf Steiner
This website deals with
◊ Waldorf schools, also known as Steiner schools;
◊ Rudolf Steiner, the "clairvoyant" who established the first of these schools;
◊ Anthroposophy, the bizarre religion concocted by Steiner.
My name is Roger Rawlings. I attended a Waldorf school from second grade through high school. My mother was secretary to the headmaster at that school. Because I was in the school for so long, and because I occasionally questioned the headmaster, I gained some insights into the Waldorf movement's secret agenda. More to the point, in recent years I have conducted an extensive study of Anthroposophy and Waldorf education. This website is the result.
There is nothing for sale at this site; there are no advertisements; I do not solicit anyone's financial support. I am not looking for money or applause. My purpose is simple: It is to tell you the truth about Waldorf schools.
Many Waldorf schools proudly display the quotation that you see at the top of this page, implying that it summarizes their educational approach. The quotation certainly sounds good. Undoubtedly many Waldorf teachers and administrators take such statements seriously.
But what does the quotation really mean, in the context of Waldorf education? Explaining fully will take some time — in a sense, the rest of this website is devoted to providing a highly detailed explanation.
But for now, for starters, here is a glimpse:
The belief system underlying Waldorf schools is an occult religion that involves doctrines of evolution and reincarnation. Human beings evolve upward as they gain “knowledge of higher worlds” — that is, knowledge of the spiritual worlds above the ordinary plane of existence. To gain this knowledge firsthand, people must develop clairvoyance. Preparation for clairvoyance involves such things as heightened imagination and dream consciousness.
Waldorf schools aim to assist children on the path toward knowledge of the higher worlds. To this end, Waldorf teachers serve as missionaries or priests.* However, they generally do so secretively, believing that they possess "mystery wisdom" that other people cannot appreciate. According to Steiner, outsiders who should be told as little as possible include the parents of Waldorf students.
Anthroposophical doctrine teaches that humans are born and reborn on Earth many times as they reincarnate. Moreover, each person is "born" multiple times during each earthly life, as her/his various invisible bodies emerge (the etheric body, the astral body, the ego body...). Waldorf teachers try to help their students incarnate properly, so that the children may fulfill their karmas and evolve to higher levels of spiritual attainment. Humans who evolve "normally" will stay abreast of the entire solar system as it evolves and reincarnates in ever loftier forms (Future Jupiter, Future Venus, Future Vulcan...).**
Returning to the quotation, above: There is only one correct “purpose and direction” in life: It is the spiritual evolutionary path laid out by Steiner. Individuals are encouraged to move upward on this path as “free human beings.” According to Steiner, freedom is the birthright of all real human beings (things are different for "abnormal" people who are not really human). According to Steiner, true freedom means willingly submitting to the intentions of the many good gods who stand over mankind. Of course, we also need to resist the evil gods. In practice, becoming truly "free" means giving up your liberty and accepting Steiner’s religious teachings.***
That’s it, in brief. I know it sounds bizarre, but that’s what Waldorf schools are all about: promoting the religion of Anthroposophy.
As for the strange reference to people who aren't really human, you should know that for every Steiner quotation that sounds attractive, there are others that are the reverse. Here's one: Telling Waldorf teachers to conceal his doctrines from outsiders, Steiner said, "Imagine what people would say if they heard that we say there are people who are not human beings."**** A world of sorrow can be found in such statements.
Don’t take my word for any of this. To penetrate to the truth about Waldorf education, scrutinize the quotations I provide throughout this website — the words spoken and written by Rudolf Steiner and his followers. Read as much of this material as you wish; buy and read some Anthroposophical publications; visit other websites [see "Links"]; and then draw your own conclusions.
A guide to the pages at Waldorf Watch.
A concise answer to the question, "What are Waldorf schools all about?"
A brief memoir of my experiences as a Waldorf student.
What are Waldorf schools like today?
Guidance for parents considering Waldorf schools for their children.
Presenting the curriculum followed at typical Waldorf schools.
Insidious indoctrination: An insider's report.
A collection of surprising statements made by Rudolf Steiner.
Examining one of the worst areas of Steiner's teachings.
In a word, yes — and Waldorf schools promote it, usually on the sly.
The entire Waldorf belief system hinges on this power. But does it exist?
Anthroposophy is summarized in the book OCCULT SCIENCE. Here's a summary of the summary.
Steiner made many mistakes, at least some of which wind up in Waldorf schools.
A profile of Rudolf Steiner.
Where to find assistance.
The psychic, mystic, occult...
An alphabetized mini-encyclopedia of all things Waldorf.
What's where at Waldorf Watch.
This is a sculpture of the Sun God (Christ), with Ahriman, Lucifer, and a "rock being."
The statue, which is attributed to Rudolf Steiner, stands in the Goetheanum, the worldwide Anthroposophical headquarters. See "Is Anthroposophy a Religion?"
[R. R. sketch, 2009.]
Here are some topics you may want to investigate.
Clicking on the links will take you to the pages indicated.
Ahriman : Ahriman
Angels : Polytheism
Anthroposophical Headquarters [see Goetheanum]
Anthroposophical Medicine : Steiner's Quackery
Anthroposophy : Everything
Arts-Intensive Curriculum : Magical Arts
Astral body : Incarnation
Astrology : Astrology
Atlantis : Atlantis
The Bible : Old Testament
Biodynamic Gardening : Biodynamics
Brain : Steiner's Specific
Christ : Sun God
Clairvoyance : Clairvoyance
Class Teacher : Methods
Computers [see Technology]
Conditions of Consciousness [see Planetary Conditions]
Cultural Epochs [see Epochs]
Education [see Waldorf Schools]
Elemental Beings [see Nature Spirits]
Epochs : Epochs
Etheric body : Incarnation
Eurythmy : Magical Arts
Evolution : Evolution, Anyone?
Festivals : Magical Arts
Freedom : Freedom
Future Jupiter [see Jupiter]
Future Venus [see Venus]
Future Vulcan [see Vulcan]
Gnomes : Gnomes
Gods : Polytheism
Goetheanum : Is Anthroposophy a Religion?
Great Epochs [see Epochs]
Guardian(s) of the Threshold : Guardians
Gurus : Guru
Head, Heart and Hands : Holistic Education
Hierarchies : Polytheism
Higher Worlds : Higher Worlds
Holy Grail : Grail
Human Stage of Evolution : Steiner Static
"I" : Incarnation
Imagination : Thinking Cap
Incarnation : Incarnation
Initiation : Inside Scoop
Intellect : Steiner's Specific
Jupiter (and Future Jupiter) : Future Stages
Karma : Karma
Lazure : Ex-Teacher 2
Lemuria : Lemuria
Lucifer : Lucifer
Main Lesson : Curriculum
Michael : Michael
Moon (and Old Moon) : Old Moon, Etc.
Morning Verse [see Prayers]
Music [see Arts-Intensive Curriculum]
Mysteries : Knowing the Worlds
Mystery Plays : Plays
Myths : Oh My Word
Nature Spirits : Neutered Nature
Norse Myths : The Gods
Occult Science : Everything
Occultism : Occultism
Old Moon [see Moon]
Old Saturn [see Saturn]
Old Sun [see Sun]
Organs of Clairvoyance : Anthropopery
Painting [see Arts-Intensive Curriculum]
Parents [see Waldorf Parents]
Planetary Conditions : Planets
Planets : Planets
Polytheism : Polytheism
Prayers : Prayers
Present Earth : Present Earth
Progressive Education : Ex-Teacher 3
Racism : Steiner's Racism
Reincarnation : Reincarnation
Religion : Is Anthroposophy a Religion?
Rhythm : Encyclopedia, R-S
Rosicrucianism : Rosy Cross
Saturn (and Old Saturn) : Old Saturn
Science : Steiner's 'Science'
Seven-Year Stages : Most Significant
Shaded Drawing : Encyclopedia, R-S
Soul World : Higher Worlds
Spirit-Soul : Waldorf's Purpose
Spirit World : Higher Worlds
Spiritual Exercises : Knowing the Worlds
Spiritual Science [see Anthroposophy]
Steiner, Rudolf : What a Guy
Steiner Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Steiner-Waldorf Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Sun (and Old Sun) : Old Sun
Sun God : Sun God
Supersensible : Encyclopedia, R-S
Technology : Spiders, Dragons and Foxes
Teeth, Change Of : Incarnation
Television : Clues
Temperaments : Temperaments
Thinking : Thinking
Threefolding : Threefolding
Vaccination : Steiner's Quackery
Veil Painting : Encyclopedia, T-Z
Venus (and Future Venus) : Future Stages
Vulcan (and Future Vulcan) : Vulcan
Waldorf Parents : Faculty Meetings
Waldorf Schools : Curriculum
Waldorf Students : Soul School
Waldorf Teachers : Teacher Training
War of All Against All : All v. All
Wet-on-Wet Painting : Magical Arts
Whole Child : Holistic Education
Zodiac : Zodiac