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Parents are attracted to Steiner schools for various reasons, and one of the reasons put forward by a mother who is fronting the Stroud Steiner Free school bid was the lack of emphasis on homework and testing. We discussed this in a previous post.
Steiner schools claim they provide a good standard of education without the need for any academic pressure. This is made out to be a good thing for the mental health of the child, who will suffer if made to conform to the norms of society by being assessed alongside his peers.
Gregoire Perra disputes the reasons for not testing . He says the reason is not educational at all but sectarian; to manipulate the minds of children according to the principles of anthroposophy. It is more important to the anthroposophist teachers that the children absorb the tenets of the creed than that they achieve certain…
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