From the BBC in Britain:
A state-funded Steiner school could open in September under the government’s city academy programme.
A feasibility study on bringing the independent school in Herefordshire into the maintained sector will be put before ministers in the coming weeks.
The academy would not have to follow the national curriculum, but would introduce national tests.
The ‘city academy’ programme is Tony Blair’s privatization of education, giving opportunities to all sorts of religiously or financially motivated groups.
Steiner schools are based on the philosophy of Rudolph Steiner, who founded his first school in Germany in 1919. There are now nearly 900 around the world.
While in some countries they are publicly funded, the 23 in the UK are independent.
Both the Blair government and Waldorf schools will abandon their principles, if this goes ahead.
The Waldorf schools will ditch their principle of independence from the government.
For the Blair government, it will be part of their attacks on the separation between religion and state in education.
Officially, supporters of Rudolf Steiner, called Anthroposophists, see the teachings of their founder not as religion, but as ‘spiritual science’.
‘Science’ including belief in reincarnation.
‘Science’ including beliefs in aliens, and in ‘superior and inferior’ human races.
This also may be expressed in Waldorf education, where in The Netherlands at a Waldorf school children had to make drawings associating white blonde haired children with the beautiful sun, and black children with the dark night.
The BBC article does not mention this type of objections to Waldorf education.