On the critics list, discussing this video, Rafael posted a less advertised (ie, by the schools) explanation to the resistance to technology in waldorf education. A discussion that ended up reminding me of an old, funny article by head-anthro Prokofieff. Rafael wrote:
Should not education be about what occurs in the first three life-cycles; the so-called “educational epochs”?
And what are they?
1) Imitation = birth to age seven (physical body)
2) Emulation = seven to fourteen (etheric body)
3) Assimilation = fourteen to twenty-one (astral body)
You see, Waldorf is againt the whole idea of a Technological Kingdom coming into existence between the mineral and the plant. Do you understand the implications of this happening?
(Mineral and plant refers to developmental stages 1 and 1. Minerals are physical, plants have etheric body in addition. The etheric body of the human unfolds at 7.) When another poster inquired further, Rafael (after having quoted Steiner at length) elaborated on the topic
What the previous excerpt attempts to express is that an artifical kingdom has been created by the forces of evil between the mineral kingdom and the plant kingdom. This is the presently constructed technological kingdom, which is the subject of this, and most of the present-day discourses concerning Waldorf’s allegiance to non-technological matters in its pegagogy.
As such, technology exists to keep human intelligence at its present level of “shadow-images” of the astral world. The idea behind its creation, i.e., the technological kingdom, is to hold human evolution to a level that will enable the moon-forces to completely subjugate the human being when the moon re-enters the earth in the eighth millennium.
I’m not sure about this explanation; and am not sure what role explanations of this nature play, directly or indirectly. Is this explanation ‘inevitably’ derived from anthroposophy? Are there other alternatives? (And: what about waldorf schools talking openly about the actual reasons to eschew technology? Oh well, my wish is utopian.)