… to help every child to fulfill his or her unique destiny …
This life or over multiple incarnations?
… for each individual to develop into a free, morally responsible and integrated person
Unlike other schools which aim to develop unfree, morally irresponsible and disintegrated persons.
The Steiner curriculum itself is well-tried and has a long–track record of successful outcomes
Oh. Is there any reliable research in this field?
[Steiner education] is based on a particular understanding of the stages of child development …
That particular understanding is based upon anthroposophy. It has little to do with child development as it is normally understood. It is a different thing.
… according to the thinking of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner …
And spiritual leader and guru. Did they forget to say that? How convenient.
This determines not only when each subject within the broad curriculum is introduced, but also the method for delivery so that at all stages the learning can find a natural accord with the children.
It does indeed determine practically everything. But the ‘natural accord’ is more with anthroposophy’s doctrines than with the children.
The school’s ethos will draw on Dr Steiner’s work on child development; but it will neither promote or teach his wider philosophy which is known as “anthroposophy”.
Again, his work was on his spiritual teaching, anthroposophy, not on child development. Anthroposophy is immersed in every aspect of the school. To say it is not taught or promoted is just diverting attention from the important issue — it determines everything, it influences everything, Steiner education is anthroposophical. In fact, it would be preferable if they taught it openly. The children deserve to know what has determined their education and influenced their lives.