Thanks for your comment. Of course I don’t mind you sharing your thoughts – I’m delighted to have your reply.
Your point about class sizes is a useful correction, thank you (our class was 25, so nothing like the 36 in your son’s class). I still feel there is a virtue in smaller classes but I’m open to persuasion of course – but there size also matters in terms of the year group and the school as a whole. Steiner schools I’m familiar with rarely have more than two classes per year group for example. The staff-student ratio will have an impact too.
I don’t dispute there are state schools where teachers moan (I’ve worked in the sector). But your point about things being possible everywhere is a key one. I used to work in an FE college that was large enough to have several staff-rooms and in some there was lots of moaning and in others the tone was always constructive. In some it was obvious the teachers cared a great deal about their students, in other less so (and, contrary to what you might think, that didn’t always correlate with how much moaning there was).
But do you really think the ‘spiritual’ core of Steiner education is purely becoming what you are not yet? That sounds a little like those ‘motherhood and apple pie’ statements. We all want to transform the world in a positive way. But if that is all that is at the core of the Steiner philosophy, do you think the schools are capable of maturing beyond their fixed pedagogy and unsupported theory of child development, and embrace modern research-based teaching and learning methods?