CHASE – the Obituary

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CHASE – Challenging Anthroposophy & Steiner Education had a short life beginning in September 2007 and ending in the winter of 2008. CHASE launched because in the UK and Ireland there was very little in the way of information about Steiner and Anthroposophy available on the internet other than that given out by Steiner’s followers and supporters.

The situation in the UK a year later is quite different. Critical opinion of Steiner belief pops up in all sorts of UK focused forums, there’s another critical website, blogs are beginning to appear. It can sometimes be hard to keep up with Steiner-related discussions these days rather than hard to find any at all!

CHASE always had two basic aims – raising awareness and having the Anthroposophy movement clarify its position regarding Steiner’s incontestable racism. It’s hard to say how successful CHASE has been in raising awareness of Steiner belief but maybe some numbers might help.

Over 2800 people have visited the CHASE website and the CHASE blog has received 4000 visitors. Individual approaches to CHASE via email have been somewhat fewer but fruitful nevertheless. Most emails came from Steiner followers objecting to our take on Steiner belief, particularly Steiner’s racism. Virtually all of such correspondence was answered and resulted in some highly enjoyable and mutually beneficial exchanges of opinion. A tiny number of such emails were ignored because they were so inarticulate as to be able to formulate an answer. Another sizeable portion of the emails to CHASE came from individuals seeking solace or help. These were mostly from people having negative experiences as a result of their involvement with an Anthroposophical application of one sort or another. Often confused, bewildered, shocked or even just downright angry, all of these people have managed to find some sort of balance again and if CHASE served any useful purpose at all, it certainly helped a few people in distress. With its mix of information, opinion and articles, the CHASE website content itself also empowered people by allowing their voices and opinions to be heard and shared. A slow but steady stream of emails reached CHASE coming from individuals expressing their appreciation of the published website materials.

Regarding Steiner racism and the Anthroposophy movement, CHASE was mentioned in a news story published by News Network Anthroposophy (NNA) dated December 2007. The story covered allegations of Steiner racism and carried a statement issued by the German Anthroposophical Society refuting those allegations. The NNA, a news conduit for the global Anthroposophy movement, said:

The words used by Rudolf Steiner in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
century were “of course time-bound” and in today’s context could “in some
instances create the impression of racism-related forms of expression,” the
statement added. But “a serious examination of the content as well as the
context shows the opposite intention,” the Anthroposophical Society stated
.

And in an endpiece to the story NNA went on to mention:

Similar – if low profile – attacks on Steiner and anthroposophy are also
being launched in Britain. The CHASE website (www.chaseuk.info) states as
one of its aims “to clarify the Anthroposophy movement’s position with
regard to the incontestable racist content of Steiner texts.”

So, success of a sort in realising that CHASE aim? Unfortunately, the statement from the German Anthroposophical Society does little to clarify the situation re Steiner’s racism.

CHASE can claim a few modest achievements. For example, an NHS hospital removed info materials relating to Anthroposophical medicine from its website when it was pointed out that Anthroposophical medicine is unscientific, unproven and therefore unsound. We also recovered some ‘disappeared’ official reports of enquiries into UK based Anthroposophical charities. The findings of these previously published and publicly available reports ranged from simple maladministration and malpractice through to blatant and possibly criminal financial malpractice.

CHASE was also pleased to publish original research into the UK Anthroposophy movement. The research mapped the scale and cohesiveness of the Anthroposophy movement in the UK in terms of numbers and kinds of Anthroposophical organisations, their finances and locations, their money and shared human resources. The result was, as far as we know, the first ever structural ‘map’ of the organisational components of the UK Anthroposophy movement and how they link together.

Why has CHASE ceased to be? A combination of things really. Sad to say, death depleted our numbers. CHASE also lost members due to the emigration of several key people and we didn’t recruit replacements. Not that we were ever overwhelmed by offers of support or encouragement! The ability of the remaining activists to commit the time, money and effort necessary in maintaining our website, blog, background activities and research became too much for a small group to cope with. Meanwhile, new websites and blogs critical of Steiner belief were bringing fresh energies, people, ideas and commitment to the scene. It felt as if we had done what we could and it was time to either wind down CHASE to a more manageable operation or to collectively move on. After consulting with our friends and former CHASE activists now living and working in countries around the world we decided to formally end CHASE and move on.

The CHASE website hosting agreement has been cancelled and the website should disappear toward the end of February. The blog content will be deleted at end of March. All correspondence held by CHASE will be destroyed at end of February 2009, nothing of a confidential nature will remain. Our pledge of confidentiality remains in perpetuity – so, any information we have been privy to will remain confidential. Forever.

FARE THEE WELL AND GOODBYE!!!!!

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Waldorf Critics Win Appeal in Church-State Case

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The following press release concerning a near decade long legal action came out today. Not exactly an easy read but good news nevertheless.

 

People for Legal and Nonsectarian Schools (PLANS) filed suit against two California school districts in 1998, alleging that the districts were running religious programs in public schools. At the opening of the September, 2005 trial, PLANS refused to present its case without key witnesses and evidence that Judge Frank C. Damrell had excluded
based on his interpretation of federal court rules. This gave the judge no option but to dismiss the case.

 

PLANS contended that Damrell’s rulings were incorrect, and appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After a two-year wait, the appeal was heard November 9, 2007. PLANS was represented by Scott Kendall of Elk Grove, California.

 

The three-judge panel included John T. Noonan (Harvard, Reagan appointee), M. Margaret McKeown (Georgetown, Clinton appointee), and Edward R. Korman (Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, New York University, Reagan appointee).

 

Kendall told how the case was ten years old. He pointed out that Waldorf teacher trainer Betty Staley had been listed as both an expert and a percipient witness. Kendall pointed out where in the record Judge Damrell had said that it was a rule that an expert witness couldn’t be a percipient witness. Kendall asserted that there was no such rule. He referred to Brown v. Woodland, where the value of experts in a church-state case was questioned, as the rationale
for PLANS not calling any experts.

 

Michelle Cannon argued for the defendants. Cannon insisted that the defendants hadn’t heard of Staley being a percipient witness until the day of the trial. That position strained credibility, given that Staley had been deposed by PLANS years ago. Judge Korman interrupted to object that there was no rule, and in any case, what was the harm
in having Staley testify? Judge McKeown also asked pointed questions. Judge Korman suggested a compromise where the district court might hold a hearing to determine whether Staley’s testimony was relevant. Kendall said he wanted all three excluded witnesses, Betty Staley
(Rudolf Steiner College), Crystal Olson (California State University, Sacramento), and Robert Anderson (WestEd).

 

Judge McKeown asked Kendall to address the issue that defendant Twin Ridges Elementary School District no longer has jurisdiction over the Yuba River Charter School (a Waldorf school). Kendall said PLANS didn’t dispute that fact. McKeown suggested that the substitution of the Nevada County Office of Education, now the chartering authority for the school, as one of the Does named in the complaint was a matter for the district court.

 

The Court issued a memorandum on November 21, 2007 (Case No.05-17193).

 

 

Judge Korman wrote for the court

“The district court erred in excluding the testimony of the witnesses in question. Because PLANS intended to call the witnesses as percipient witnesses, it did not need to comply with the court’s deadline for expert witness disclosure. Moreover, the record indicates that PLANS disclosed the witnesses as early as January 2001. Even if the witnesses had not been properly disclosed, there was no prejudice as the School Districts had previously designated the same witnesses as expert witnesses.”

 

The court reversed the decision of the district court
(Case No. CV-98-0266 FCD PAN) and remanded the case back to that court.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Anthroposophy is the spiritual movement behind the world-wide network of Waldorf schools. PLANS alleges that for Establishment Clause purposes, Anthroposophy is a religious sect. The defendants claim that it is a philosophy. This is a crucial issue in the case. If Anthroposophy isn’t a religious activity, then PLANS can’t allege that taxpayer-funded Waldorf schools violate the Constitution by being entangled with religion. Common references classify Anthroposophy as religious; for example, Encarta: “a religious philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner from theosophy, holding that spiritual development should be humankind’s foremost concern.”

 

PLANS contends that public Waldorf schools are intrinsically and inseparably based on Anthroposophy. Curriculum decisions and teacher training are based on Anthroposophy’s child development theory, which defines stages of reincarnation, a religious doctrine. Science
teaching in Waldorf schools includes crackpot Anthroposophical doctrines like “the heart is not a pump.” The framework for history in Waldorf schools is based on Anthroposophy’s proto-Nazi racial theory. Publicly funded use and reliance on the doctrines of Anthroposophy endorses that religion in violation of the United
States and California constitutions.

 

PLANS filed its federal lawsuit in Sacramento on February 11, 1998, naming as defendants the Sacramento Unified School District, which operates a “Waldorf Methods” magnet school, and the Twin Ridges Elementary School District, which carried on a veritable franchise operation, establishing six “Waldorf-inspired” charter schools, all
located in other school districts.

 

In May, 2001, Judge Damrell dismissed the PLANS lawsuit against the two school districts, based on lack of standing. PLANS appealed the decision, and in February, 2003, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed PLANS’ right to sue the school districts as taxpayers and reinstated the case.

 

When the U.S. District Court tried the case in September, 2005, PLANS refused to proceed without the key witnesses and evidence that the judge had excluded, forcing a dismissal. PLANS appealed, and the appeal succeeded. The case now goes back to the Federal District Court, Eastern District of California, in Sacramento.

 

WHAT IS PLANS?

 

PLANS was organized in late 1995 by former Waldorf parents and teachers concerned about both private and public Waldorf schools. It became a California non-profit corporation in 1997. PLANS’ mission is to provide parents, teachers, and school boards with views of Waldorf
education from outside the cult of Rudolf Steiner, to expose the illegality of public funding for Waldorf school programs in the US, and to litigate against schools violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

 

For more information, please see the PLANS web site,
http://www.waldorfcritics.org.


Brighton Steiner teaches Atlantis myth

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Anthroposophists believe in Atlantis, it isn’t a myth or a legend for them. Anthroposophists believe it to have actually existed. Atlantis is where – according to Rudolf Steiner, inventor of Anthroposophy – us humans first evolved. Animals came later of course, descending from humans, and white Aryans sit atop a spiritually arranged ‘league table’ of races and cultures. All of this and more was proclaimed to be true by Steiner and is taken to be true by his followers.

So it was interesting to see in Brighton Steiner School’s October 2007 newsletter that the Atlantis myth is being taught to little children there. Here is the report from the school’s newsletter:

Lower School News

Class 5 Ancient India Main Lesson

For the first 4 weeks of term Class 5 have been exploring the lands, culture and stories of ancient India. We started in Atlantis, a continent covered with mist, where the people rarely see the sun. Here we heard of Manu, a wise and kind man who, with the help of a fish, saved some of his people before Atlantis sank beneath the waves.

As Manu’s boat arrived in India, all his people saw a rainbow for the first time. India was strange and new to them. It has only 3 seasons and the people told many fanciful tales of great heroes and heroines.

Class 5 have heard some of these tales and also some stories about the many great and colourful gods, whom the people of India still worship today.

 

The above account is interesting because – even down to the inclusion within it of the otherwise obscure figure ‘Manu’ – it matches Rudolf Steiner’s clairvoyantly derived account of evolution of ‘root-races’ on Atlantis.

The evolution of superior races, exodus from Atlantis etc can be found in Rudolf Steiner’s text entitled ‘Cosmic Memory’. It can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/ywwqm4 and is published there by the Rudolf Steiner Archive. Or it can be purchased from Anthroposophical presses such as Skylark Books and Rudolf Steiner Press at http://tinyurl.com/ysdeo5 and http://tinyurl.com/2bvuya

Distinguishing fact from fallacy, myth from legend and superstition, is something one learns in life. Little children at Brighton Steiner School in ‘Main Lesson’ learn from teachers. One wonders how Steiner teachers, believing Steiner fantasies to be real and accurate ‘history’, transmit the Atlantis myth to children. Or if they can adequately teach history at all.


Help Map the UK Anthroposophy Movement

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

To help with ongoing research into the Anthroposophy movement perhaps you might spare a minute to run through the list of organisations below and notify us of any that need to be added. CHASE is logging all organisations within the UK that can be defined as Anthroposophic, measuring the finances of the organisations and mapping the inter-connections that organisations have with one another. The preliminary results have been published in brief on the CHASE website and the complete findings to date are also available at the website as a pdf download.

The organisations appearing the list below includes current and wound up/dead organisations. If you know of a business, charity or any other Anthroposophical group that isn’t on the list below it would be a real practical help if you were to advise us. Unfortunately not even Anthroposophists themselves know the full extent of their movement else this research wouldn’t be necessary!

Thanks in advance if you can help out. We can be contacted here publicly or privately via info@chaseuk.info

Here’s the list of organisations logged so far –

ALDER BRIDGE ASSOCIATION FOR STEINER-WALDORF EDUCATION

ALDRINGHAM GREEN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

ANTHROPOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED(THE)

ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICAL TRUST

ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN GREAT BRITAIN

ARIADNE TRUST

ARTEMIS SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA LTD.

ARTOS AGRICULTURAL AND HOUSING ASSOCIATION LIMITED

ASSOCIATION OF CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES

BEANNACHAR CAMPHILL COMMUNITY LIMITED

BENEN MEDICAL TRUST

BIOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TRUST

BLACKTHORN TRUST

BOWHILL EDUCATIONAL TRUST

BRIGHTON STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

BRIGHTON STEINER SCHOOL PROJECT

BRISTOL RUDOLF STEINER BOOK TRUST

BRISTOL STEINER WALDORF CHILDRENS’ FUND

CAMBRIDGE STEINER SCHOOL PROJECT

CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES EAST ANGLIA

CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES THORNBURY LIMITED

CAMPHILL VILLAGE TRUST LIMITED(THE)

CAMPHILL (RUDOLF STEINER) ESTATES LIMITED

CAMPHILL CENTRAL SCOTLAND SOCIAL FUND LIMITED

CAMPHILL CENTRAL SCOTLAND TRUST LIMITED

CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES OF IRELAND

CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES TRUST (NI)

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY CLANABOGAN

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY GLENCRAIG

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY HOLYWOOD

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY MOURNE GRANGE

CAMPHILL DEVON COMMUNITY LIMITED

CAMPHILL MEDICAL PRACTICE LIMITED

CAMPHILL MILTON KEYNES COMMUNITIES LIMITED

CAMPHILL RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOLS LIMITED

CAMPHILL SOCIAL FUND LIMITED

CAMPHILL(BLAIR DRUMMOND)TRUST LIMITED

CANTERBURY STEINER SCHOOL LTD.

CARDIFF STEINER EARLY YEARS CENTRE

CARN MICHAEL SCHOOL

CHERRY ORCHARDS (CAMPHILL) COMMUNITY LIMITED

CHERRYTREES KINDERGARTEN

CHESCOMBE TRUST LIMITED

CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS TRUST

COLEG ELIDYR (CAMPHILL COMMUNITIES WALES) LIMITED

CORBENIC CAMPHILL COMMUNITY LIMITED

COTSWOLD CHINE SCHOOL

CO-WORK CAMPHILL LIMITED

DAN YR AFALLEN

DRAYTON MANOR TRUST

E B LEWIS EDUCATIONAL TRUST

EILEEN HUTCHINS MEMORIAL TRUST

ELMFIELD RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

EMERSON COLLEGE TRUST LIMITED(THE)

ESKDALE COMMUNITY TRUST FOR EDUCATION LIMITED

EURYTHMY SCHOOL LTD

EURYTHMY THEATRE LTD.

EXETER STEINER SCHOOL

FRIEDRICH GEUTER FUND

FRIENDS OF BRIDGE HOUSE HOME SCHOOL

GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY ENGLISH SECTION

GLASGOW STEINER SCHOOL LTD.

GODPARENTS ANTHROPOSOPHICAL TRAINING FUND

GODPARENTS ASSOCIATION LIMITED

GREAT OAK TRUST

GREENWICH STEINER SCHOOL INITIATIVE

HAMMERSMITH WALDORF SCHOOL PROJECT

HAVERIGG II LIMITED

HAWKWOOD COLLEGE LIMITED

HEBDEN BRIDGE STEINER EDUCATION INITIATIVE LTD

HELIOS TRUST

HERMES TRUST

HIBERNIA SCHOOL OF ARTISTIC THERAPY

HILLSIDE STEINER KINDERGARTEN PROJECT

HOLYWOOD RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION LTD

IDRIART FOUNDATION

IONA SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

KING’S LANGLEY EURYTHMY TRUST

KINGS LANGLEY RUDOLF STEINER TRAINING TRUST

LIVERPOOL STEINER SCHOOL PROJECT

LIVING ART AND SCIENCE TRUST

LONDON COLLEGE OF EURYTHMY

LONDON WALDORF FREE GIFT FUND

MAYFLOWER

MERCURY-TRIODOS PROJECTS LIMITED

MICHAEL FARADAY TRUST

MICHAEL HALL OLD SCHOLARS ASSOCIATION BURSARY FUND

MICHAEL HALL SCHOOL LIMITED

MICHAEL HOUSE ASSOCIATION LIMITED

MICHAEL HOUSE SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT TRUST

MILLTOWN COMMUNITY LIMITED

NANT-Y-CWM STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

NEWS NETWORK ANTHROPOSOPHY LIMITED

NORTH LONDON RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL

OCHIL TOWER SCHOOL LIMITED

OLIVER FORD FOUNDATION

ORCHARD VALE TRUST LIMITED

OXFORD WALDORF SCHOOL LIMITED

PARADISE HOUSE ASSOCIATION LIMITED

PARADISE TRUST

PENNINE CAMPHILL COMMUNITY LIMITED(THE)

PEREDUR HOME SCHOOL LIMITED

PEREDUR TRUST

PHILPOTS MANOR SCHOOL LIMITED

PLYMOUTH RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

POTTERSPURY LODGE SCHOOL

RINGWOOD WALDORF SCHOOL LIMITED

RUDOLF STEINER ASSOCIATION LIMITED(THE)

RUDOLF STEINER BOOK TRUST

RUDOLF STEINER EDUCATION (KINGS LANGLEY) TRUST

RUDOLF STEINER PRESS

RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL (SOUTH DEVON) LIMITED

RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL KINGS LANGLEY LIMITED

RUSKIN MILL EDUCATIONAL TRUST LIMITED

SHEFFIELD EDUCATIONAL SETTLEMENT

SHEFFIELD STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

SHEFFIELD STEINER SCHOOL PROJECT

SHEILING FARMS LIMITED

SHIRE TRAINING WORKSHOPS LIMITED

SIMEON CARE FOR THE ELDERLY LIMITED

SNOWDONIA STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

SOLDEN HILL HOUSE LIMITED

SOUTH DORSET WALDORF EDUCATION TRUST

ST ALBANS STEINER KINDERGARTEN LIMITED

ST ANTHONY’S TRUST

ST CHRISTOPHERS COMMUNITY

ST CHRISTOPHER’S SCHOOL (BRISTOL)

ST CHRISTOPHER’S YOUNG PEOPLE’S RESIDENTIAL TRUST

ST LUKE’S TRUST

ST LUKE’S TRUST (BERKSHIRE)

ST LUKE’S TRUST LIMITED

ST PAULS STEINER PROJECT

ST PAULS STEINER PROJECT TWO

ST. MARTIN’S WORKSHOPS

STANMER HOUSE PRESERVATION TRUST LIMITED

STEINER KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE

STEINER WALDORF SCHOOLS FELLOWSHIP LIMITED

TEMPLE LODGE PUBLISHING LIMITED

THE ACORN STEINER INITIATIVE

THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF ARTISTIC THERAPY AND OTHER RELATED THERAPIES BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

THE BENEN TRUST

THE BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF ANTHROPOSOPHIC PHARMACISTS

THE CASPAR HAUSER TRUST

THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY (LONDON WEST)

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN GREAT BRITAIN

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY TRUSTEES LIMITED

THE E B LEWIS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

THE EDINBURGH RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL TRUST LTD.

THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SOCIAL EDUCATION

THE GABRIEL EDUCATION TRUST

THE GALAHAD PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION LIMITED

THE HIRAM TRUST

THE KEITH PICKLES CHARITABLE TRUST

THE LIVING EARTH TRUST

THE LONDON WALDORF TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR TRUST

THE MAIDSTONE STEINER KINDERGARTEN INITIATIVE

THE MEADOW SCHOOL FOR STEINER EDUCATION

THE MULBERRY TREE STEINER EARLY YEARS GROUP

THE MYTTON OAK FOUNDATION LIMITED

THE NORFOLK INITIATIVE STEINER SCHOOL

THE NORWICH STEINER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION LIMITED

THE ORCHARD SCHOOL LIMITED

THE RAPHAEL STEINER SCHOOL (SUFFOLK)

THE RESPONSIVE EARTH TRUST

THE RUDOLF STEINER CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

THE SHEILING CURATIVE SCHOOL (THORNBURY) LIMITED

THE SHEILING TRUST

THE ST MICHAEL STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

THE TORQUAY TRUST

THE WIND FUND (BEOCHLICH) LIMITED

THE ABERDEEN WALDORF SCHOOL LIMITED

THE KILDARE STEINER WALDORF SCHOOL LIMITED

THE MORAY STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

THE MOUNT CAMPHILL COMMUNITY LIMITED

TIGH A’ CHOMAINN CAMPHILL LIMITED

TINTAGEL HOUSE (SHEFFIELD) LIMITED

TIPHERETH LIMITED

TOBIAS TRUST

TOBIAS TRUST LIMITED

TONALIS TRUST LTD.

TRIODOS GROUP OF COMPANIES

TRIODOS BANK N.V.

TRIODOS FOUNDATION

TRIODOS INVESTMENTS LIMITED

TRIODOS MATCH LIMITED

TRIODOS RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND PLC

TRIODOS STOCKHOLDING PLC

TUNBRIDGE WELLS WALDORF EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION

WALDORF COLLEGE PROJECT

WALDORF EDUCATION ASSOCIATION LONDON

WALDORF SCHOOL (BRISTOL) LIMITED

WALDORF SCHOOL (HEREFORD) LIMITED

WALDORF SCHOOL OF SOUTH-WEST LONDON LIMITED(THE)

WELEDA (U.K.) LIMITED

WEST MIDLANDS EURYTHMY ASSOCIATION LIMITED(THE)

WILLIAM BLAKE HOUSE NORTHANTS

WILLIAM MORRIS (CAMPHILL) COMMUNITY LIMITED

WYNSTONES LIMITED

YORK STEINER SCHOOL LIMITED

The above is a list of the formal names of recorded organisations. Quite a few of them have more familiar ‘working names’ such as a trading name. Those that we know of, mainly care of the Charities Commission, appear below

working names as given by Charity Commission

ACORN STEINER KINDERGARTEN (working name of The Acorn Steiner Initiative)

ALDER BRIDGE ASSOCIATION (Working name for Alder Bridge Association For Steiner-Waldorf Education)

ALDER BRIDGE SCHOOL (Working name for Alder Bridge Association For Steiner-Waldorf Education)

ASHDOWN EURYTHMY GROUP LIMITED (former name of Eurythmy Theatre Ltd)

ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF ARTISTIC THERAPY (working name of THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF ARTISTIC THERAPY AND OTHER RELATED THERAPIES BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE)

B D A A (working name of The Biodynamic Agricultural Association)

BAAP (working name of The British Association of Anthroposophic Pharmacists)

BEANSPROUTS (working name of Hillside Steiner Kindergarten Project)

BIODYNAMIC ASSOCIATION (working name of The Biodynamic Agricultural Association)

BOTTON VILLAGE SCHOOL (working name of Eskdale Community Trust For Education Limited)

BRISTOL STEINER SCHOOL (working name of Waldorf School (Bristol) Limited)

BRISTOL STEINER WALDORF SCHOOL (working name of Waldorf School (Bristol) Limited

BSWCF (working name of Bristol Steiner Waldorf Children’s Fund)

C C E A (working name of Camphill Communities East Anglia)

C M K C (working name of Camphill Milton Keynes Communities Limited)

CAMPHILL ST ALBANS part of Pennine Camphill Community Limited

CHESCOMBE TRUST (working name of Chescombe Trust Limited)

CHRISTCHURCH GARDENS KINDERGARTEN (Working name for Alder Bridge Association For Steiner-Waldorf Education)

COBNUTS PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP (working name of The Maidstone Steiner Kindergarten Initiative)

COBNUTS STEINER KINDERGARTEN (working name of The Maidstone Steiner Kindergarten Initiative)

COLEG ELIDYR (CCW) LTD (working name of Coleg Elidyr (Camphill Communities) Wales Limited)

COLEG ELIDYR (working name of Coleg Elidyr (Camphill Communities Wales) Limited)

COLEG ELIDYR LTD (working name of Coleg Elidyr (Camphill Communities Wales) limited)

COTSWOLD CHINE SCHOOL (working name of Cotswold Chine Home School)

COUNSELLING AND BIOGRAPHY (former name of Biography and Social Development Trust)

CSSP (working name of Cambridge Steiner School Project)

CVT (working name of Camphill Village Trust Limited)

DEKKER SCHMANDT EURYTHMY SCHOOL (former name of London College Of Eurythmy)

DRAYTON MANOR SCHOOL (old working name of Drayton Manor Trust)

ELMFIELD SCHOOL (working name of Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School Limited)

ELMFIELD SCHOOL LIMITED (former name of Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School Limited)

EMERSON COLLEGE (working name of Emerson College Trust Limited)

EXETER KINDERGARTEN PROJECT (former name of Exeter Steiner School)

FOLLY FARM SCHOOL (RINGWOOD) LIMITED (former name of Ringwood Waldorf School Limited)

FREEMAN COLLEGE (working name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

FREEMAN COLLEGE (working name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

GLASSHOUSE COLLEGE (working name of GLASSHOUSE COLLEGE)

GLASSHOUSE COLLEGE (working name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

H.B.S.E.I. (working name of Hebden Bridge Steiner Education Initiative Ltd)

HEREFORD WALDORF SCHOOL (working name of Waldorf School (Hereford) Limited)

HIBERNIA COLLEGE (working name of Hibernia School Of artistic Therapy)

IDRIART UK (working name of Idriart Foundation)

LANCASTER STEINER EDUCATION PROJECT (working name of CHERRYTREES KINDERGARTEN)

LANCASTER STEINER RAINBOW PARENT & TODDLER GROUP (working name of CHERRYTREES KINDERGARTEN)

LANCASTER STEINER RAINBOW PLAYGROUP (working name of CHERRYTREES KINDERGARTEN)

LANCASTER STEINER SCHOOL (working name of CHERRYTREES KINDERGARTEN)

LANTERN COMMUNITY (working name of The Sheiling Trust)

LANTERN WORKSHOPS (a working name of LANTERN COMMUNITY and hence THE SHEILING TRUST

LAST (working name of Living Art And Science Trust)

LWTTS (working name of The London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar Trust)

MICHAEL HOUSE SCHOOL (working name of Michael House Association Limited)

MOF (working name of The Mytton Oak Foundation Limited)

MOVING WORD THEATRE (working name of Eurythmy Theatre Ltd)

MYTTON OAK FOUNDATION (working name of The Mytton Oak Foundation Limited)

ORCHARD LEIGH COMMUNITY (part of the William Morris Camphill Community)

PAINSWICK INN PROJECT (working name of Shire Training Workshops Limited)

PENNINE COMMUNITY (working name of Pennine Camphill Community Limited)

PEREDUR CENTRE (working name of Eurythmy School Ltd)

PERRY COURT SCHOOL LIMITED (former name of Canterbury Steiner School Ltd.)

READING STEINER SCHOOL PROJECT (former name for Alder Bridge Association For Steiner-Waldorf Education)

RINGWOOD WALDORF SCHOOL (working name of The Sheiling Trust)

RUDOLF STEINER BOOKS (working name of Rudolf Steiner Book trust)

RUSKIN MILL COLLEGE (working name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limted)

RUSKIN MILL COLLEGE (working name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limted)

RUSKIN MILL FURTHER EDUCATION CENTRE (former name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

RUSKIN MILL FURTHER EDUCATION CENTRE (former name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

RUSKIN MILL FURTHER EDUCATION COURSE (former name of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust Limited)

RUSKIN MILL FURTHER EDUCATION COURSE (former name of THE RUSKIN MILL EDUCATIONAL TRUST)

RYEDALE WALDORF SCHOOL LIMITED (former name of York Steiner School Limited)

ST LUKE’S TRUST (working name of St Luke’s Trust (Berkshire))

STEINER SCHOOLS FELLOWSHIP LIMITED (former name of Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship Limited)

STURTS FARM COMMUNITY (working name of The Sheiling Trust)

TALENDER TRUST (former name for Anthroposophical Medical Trust)

TEMPLE LODGE (working name of The Christian Community (London west))

THE BRIDGE HOUSE HOME SCHOOL TRUST (former name of St Luke’s Trust (Berkshire))

THE FOUNTAIN SCHOOL (former name of Cardiff Steiner Early Years Centre)

THE GABRIEL TRUST (working name of The Gabriel Education Trust)

The Hatch community (part of Camphill Communities Thornbury)

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF EURYTHMY LIMITED (former name of Eurythmy School Ltd)

THE MEADOW (STEINER) SCHOOL (working name of The Meadow School For Steiner Education)

THE MOUNT COLLEGE (working name of The Mount Camphill Community Limited)

THE MOUNT SCHOOL (working name of The Mount Camphill Community Limited)

THE MULBERRY TREE (working name of The Mulberry Tree Steiner Early Years Group)

THE NEW SCHOOL WROXHAM ASSOCIATION LIMITED (former name of The Norwich Steiner School Association Limited)

THE NORWICH (PROJECT) RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL (working name of The Norwich Steiner School Association Limited)

THE PAINSWICK INN PROJECT (working name of Shire Training Workshops Limited)


I Swear by Almighty Steiner…

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Within the annual accounts and report of the Norfolk Initiative Steiner School (NISS) is the usual bumf about the mechanics of elections of officers and so on.

Like many private schools NISS is registered as both a charity and as a limited company. It is usual for such charitable business set-ups such as NISS is to have the company directors of the company serving also as trustees of the charity. For NISS the founding members of the company appear to hold the balance of power.

Technically these founding members will be the people signing up to the legally required founding documents of the company, its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The excerpt below is from NISS’ annual accounts and report for 2005. It begins mundanely:

The Memorandum and Articles of Association require that the number of members of the Board of Trustees shall not be less than three or until otherwise determined by a General Meeting more than eleven. The first members of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed by the subscribers to the Memorandum of Association.

So far so dry. The next bit explains how new trustees might come about:

The Board of Trustees may from time to time and at any time appoint any person whom the Board of Trustees in their discretion think fit as a Trustee either to fill a casual vacancy or by way of addition to the Board PROVIDED THAT the prescribed maximum be not thereby exceeded. Any member so appointed shall retain her or his office only until the next Annual General Meeting, but subject hereto s/he shall then be eligible for re-election. Any new members must be appointed by consensual agreement and acclamation.

OK OK here’s the amusing bit:

Further, any newly appointed trustee must openly declare that they fully subscribe to the philosophy and praxis of Steiner Waldorf education. No person who is not a member of the Association shall in any circumstances be eligible to hold office as a Trustee.

Now, morbid curiosity this may be but how and when does the trustee-to-be declare their subscription to Steiner beliefs? As we know of the movement, Anthroposophists have a fondness for rituals but what happens at one of these trustee inductions? Do incoming trustees have to hold a copy of Steiner’s ‘Occult Science’ in one hand and swear allegiance to his utterances or what? Very odd.


More Rumpus

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Now they can’t count sheep

The continuing experiment in Australia of having Steiner streams within a mainstream primary school setting is again surrounded by controversy.

Last time around it concerned a teacher interpreting a child’s artwork to indicate that the child’s soul wasn’t ready to progress to another class. This time around it’s an abysmal level of literacy and numeracy attainment by pupils at a school running the same experiment of having a Steiner stream within the school.

The report can be found at

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22516518-13881,00.html

or at this tinyurl of the same link

http://tinyurl.com/2whcnb

OK, we’re offering odds as to what the next bit of Rumpus Down Under regarding the Steiner experiment might be.

Hot favourite as we go to press is a bad science story but there’s a lot of punts for the next controversy to be an ‘inadequate handling of bullying’ scenario. Strangely, nobody within CHASE fancies a flutter on it being a quack medicine fiasco next time around.

So it’s even money for ‘bad science’, 2:1 bullying and a super dooper generous offer of 6:1 odds for quack (complementary or alternative medical treatment or diagnosis of kids) being the next controversy to cloud the Steiner experiment in sunny Australia. Six to one!


A Rumpus Down Under

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

 

Steiner Education isn’t doing well Down Under according to this transcript of an Australian broadcast –
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s2031801.htm

Note this reason as to why one parent, Ray Pereira, removed his kids from a Steiner stream. At a parent-teacher interview the teacher gave Ray her assessment of one of his two boys at the school. According to Ray:

“She (the teacher) thought his (Ray’s boy) soul wasn’t fully incarnated yet…and then she pulled out some drawings that he’d done which showed him, I guess, looking down, like a planned view of what he was drawing and she used this as evidence that his soul was hovering over the earth and looking down on the earth and so, therefore, she felt that he wasn’t quite ready to move into the following year.”

To put this into its context you should know that the Aussies are experimenting with their education system by allowing some schools to use the Steiner system. Quite rightly Ray Pereira goes on in the above mentioned broadcast to comment:

“I would like the Education Department to tell me where, in the guidelines, where reincarnation is a criteria for putting my kid up into another class or not.”

That’s a good question Ray.

Parents, be advised that one card Anthroposophists play in defending Steiner education is to stress that Anthroposophical belief isn’t taught in schools. Well, they don’t really need to do they when it’s a case of practicing what they believe in rather than preaching it.