Hi, Neil, and welcome to this list.
I think it is very important to educate your lawyer about the occult nature of Waldorf education. Anthroposophists are fairly skilled at lulling people into believing that everything is on the up and up in the world of Waldorf. It is hard for people who have not had negative experiences with Waldorf to understand the scope and enormity of the deception that goes on. Beware of straw-man arguments and misinformation. Never accept the accuracy of any claim made by an Anthroposophist without doing your own research to establish whether it is true.
It's been my observation that Waldorf not only attempts to create a wedge between parents and their children but sometimes creates a wedge between husbands and wives. The latter might not be intentional. It might be the typical result of one partner falling under the influence of a cult while the other does not.
Another wedge they drive is between your children and the world outside the cult. When our children were in a Waldorf school, we were encouraged to keep them separated from the mainstream world by limiting what kind of toys they played with, which meant not playing with children who played with non-Waldorf toys, keeping them away from television with its deluge of mainstream information, and even limiting their access to books during the early years. The way I see it, Waldorf students' minds were to be kept as empty as possible to make them better receptacles for Anthroposophical mumbo jumbo and pseudoscience.
expressing your concerns does not sound like interference to me. A school might be justified in not
wanting parents who actually "interfere" with the education they provide.You
might want to think of a more accurate way to describe the role you are
entitled to in the matter of your child's education.
I, too, encourage you to look at Roger's website. He has done a terrific job of zeroing in on the pitfalls of Anthroposophy schools.
>From: Neil <ntieszen@...>
>Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:34 PM
>Subject: [wc] Help
>My daughter has been in Waldorf Kindergarten for 3 years. Her mom and I are divorced and she recently won another arbitrators decision to be able to choose the school (waldorf). arbitrators don't want to listen to facts they just are willing to leave the kids where they are for continuity.
>So the first day of her 1st grade the other day, I asked the administrator for a meeting with her and I and the first grade teacher. We followed that request up with a phone call where I voiced my concerns and basically said that I disagree wholeheartedly with Waldorf education.
>Two hours later my ex called and said that we have been dismissed from Waldorf due to my phone call, my not believing in Waldorf and "my hositility" towards them.
>Now my ex is taking me to court to try and gain full custody legal and physical so she can put our daughter back into Waldorf.
>Any advice about where to go or who to talk about how I should defend myself? Specifically about how I can explain that Waldorf wants my kid without any interference from me and that goes against my legal rights. Can someone show me examples of How Waldorf goes about creating a wedge between you and your kids?
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