|For several years, a small, vocal anti-Waldorf
group in San Francisco, called "PLANS Inc." ("People for Legal and Non-sectarian
Schools Inc."), has been publishing a site on the Internet called “waldorfcritics".
In recent years, PLANS has advertised its site widely on the Internet using
sponsored ads from Overture.com.
PLANS Inc. has also been pursuing litigation
against two public school districts in California for operating two public
schools, one as a charter school and one as a magnet school.
At first glance PLANS appears to be raising thoughtful,
well-founded and well-formulated objections against Waldorf education.
Anyone with some background in or experience of
Waldorf education will, however, soon realize that most of the material
posted on the PLANS web site contains numerous inaccuracies and distortions,
some subtle, some obvious.
PLANS' statements on their web site and in online
discussions on the "Waldorf Critics" mailing list, owned by the secretary
of the group, are seriously distorted and are not supported by the published
on Waldorf education.
PLANS also cultivates and publishes a number of
-- defamatory even to the point of demonization -- about Waldorf education,
plus a number of demonstrably untrue allegations
about Waldorf education and anthroposophy (the spiritual philosophical
basis of Waldorf education), and Rudolf Steiner, the founder of both.
The publication by PLANS includes valid criticism,
but it is also filled with defamatory exaggeration,
and delusion about Waldorf education, about its
founder Rudolf Steiner, and about anthroposophy, the philosophical approach
from which Waldorf’s view of education of the developing child derives.
PLANS’ Internet campaign is in many ways an extension of the long-term
personal philosophical crusade of one of its founders
to compel education, the sciences, medicine, and related pursuits to conform
to strictly secularist/skeptic principles.
Investigation also shows that PLANS relied on false
allegations of witchcraft teachings in order to raise funds to litigate
their case against the two public Waldorf-methods schools.
For documentation and more detailed analysis of
PLANS Inc. and its argumentation, see the different sections at this site,
listed to the left.
See also Waldorf Answers.