Returning to the question of wedges: Waldorf teacher have been known to literally ban private communication between students and their parents, at least for brief periods. Here is a report from a former, alienated Waldorf teacher:
In September 2005, the high school students, teachers and some staff members went to what was called a "communication retreat" on an island setup for summer camps.
The retreat was the creation of two staff members who claimed to be experienced in this kind of group work. It was later discovered that they had never tried this with a large group of students.
The main activity of students (ages 14 to 19) and staff members was to sit in a large circle, 67 people in total, in the cafeteria for six hours divided by three sittings.
All were asked to keep silent unless the individual felt moved to speak. The beginning of this activity was signaled by a chime used by a staff member. No one could speak until they said their name each time they wanted to speak, i.e. "My name is ...".
The stated goal of this five-day activity was to bring all members of the group to one consensus of one thought. By the end of the second day, many students were intimidated by this process and were not able to express themselves. Many students showed signs of restlessness, agitation and they were clearly uncomfortable. They were not allowed to call their parents privately. Some students called this cult indoctrination and refused to attend meetings.
I tried many times during the first days of the retreat to share my concerns with the other staff members. I tried to convey the damaging effects of this type of imprinting. This retreat was far too intimidating for most students to communicate anything but fear and anger. Some students wanted to leave; a teacher physically threatened a student if she did not comply.
Brainwashing and indoctrination are defined 'as unethically manipulative methods to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulators often to the detriment of the person being manipulated'.
Isolated on an island, not allowed to call parents privately, sitting long hours in a circle, falls into this category.
Thought control begins by having individuals reveal things about themselves they would not normally reveal. Some students expressed feeling inadequate for not wanting to speak. Students who refused to attend were threatened with expulsion from the school. Students who followed directives were praised effusively.
[See "Ex-Teacher Too" https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/ex-teacher-too
The central activity of Anthroposophy is the use of "clairvoyance" to study the higher, spiritual worlds. Rudolf Steiner outlined the development of this technique in his book KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHER WORLDS AND ITS ATTAINMENT. According to Steiner and current Anthroposophists such as Eugene Schwartz, Waldorf teachers are expected to become clairvoyant or, at an absolute minimum, to accept the guidance of their clairvoyant colleagues.
Steiner claimed to use a high form of clairvoyance, "exact clairvoyance," which made his teachings virtually unquestionable he saw the absolute truth and thus should not be doubted. [See "Exactly" https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/exactly
This claim to virtual omniscience is reflected, at a somewhat lower level, by all Waldorf teachers who claim to be clairvoyant. [See "The Waldorf Teachers' Consciousness". https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/waldorf-teachers-consciousness
] Hence the extraordinary authority that Waldorf teachers claim for themselves.
Of course, all of this is delusion. There is no such thing as clairvoyance. [See "Clairvoyance" https://sites.google.com/site/waldorfwatch/clairvoyance
] The frightening inference to be drawn is that Waldorf schools are largely manned by delusional occultists. It is primarily for this reason that I urge parents in almost all circumstances to remove their children from Waldorf schools as soon as possible. The process can be difficult, wrenching, even traumatizing. Keeping the child's welfare at the center of one's actions is of paramount importance, so switching schools may take longer than one would otherwise wish. But leaving a child under the control of people who are out of touch with reality is a dreadful alternative.