Pete K., responding to a poster taking a more balanced view of Waldorf:
> No honor rolls, no extra merits, no competing to
> be accepted by a team or a club.
Sad isn't it?
> When I was little, I was positively miserable playing
> sports with athletic boys when I was a daydreaming klutzy girl.
So you project your misery onto your child?
> I was verbally abused and
> mentally tortured for years because of that.
Waldorf is NO different.
How sad. He's reached a position where his own balance has gone, his
compassion's died and he's responding with little more than hatred.
And he's admitted that his own 'troubled kid' was labelled 'a demon'
at school. My kids are also troubled, and they've never encountered a
Waldorf school. I think that all that the lady says in the passages
above about the difficulties with state schools, driven by ever changing government
mandated targets and standards, is true and the healing balance that she supports -as
possibly found in the Waldorf schools, and which Pete scorns - is one
factor that is needed. But there are other factors behind the
'suicides, drinking and drug parties' that are part of the
contemporary youth scene. I'm not sure but I suspect that they are
connected with increasing peer pressure to conform, to be cool and
etc. Anyway, many kids' behaviour is so bad now that they themselves
are deciding not to have kids, in case their kids treat them as badly
as they have done their parents. I wonder if all this may be the next
step in the Michaelic evolution into the fifth post Atlantean epoch,
where blood ties, family ties and ties of nation and race ever more
fall away into the past. Perhaps this is the good that can come out of
the social breakdown and disconnect between the generations that is