|One of the numerous catch-word myths, which PLANS
repeatedly tries to spread in various articles and mailing lists, as part
of their anti-Waldorf campaign, is:
"Anthroposophy is a cult" and "Waldorf
education is part of that cult".
For a discussion of this myth, which PLANS advertised
on a number of search engines on the Internet through Overture.com the
last year, see here (coming).
The discussion shows that anthroposophy and the
various Anthroposophical Societies world wide fulfill none of the basic
criteria for cults. The very essence of anthroposophy is the respect
for the innate freedom of each human being. For example:
"When confronted with the child, the teacher
must be imbued with the awareness that he is dealing with an innately free
human being. With this attitude he will be able to work out educational
principles and methods which will safeguard the child's inborn freedom
so that in later life, when a pupil looks back upon his school days, he
will not find any infringement upon his personal freedom, not even in the
aftereffects of his education."
Go to the overview of myths cultivated
by "PLANS Inc."
[Rudolf Steiner: Soul Economy
in Waldorf Education, pp. 206]
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