Monday, 23 March 2015

ENGLAND: STEINER BEING EDGED OUT

Online petition to Minister

As Conductive Education already knows to its cost, the contemporary English education system cannot easily tolerate the existence of alien philosophies and their practices.

Now the Steiner movement's Camphill villages, life-long collaborative communities for mentally disabled adults, are apparently meeting an analogous regulatory problem –
Camphill Village communities have been providing care for people with learning difficulties in village communities alongside able-bodied volunteers since 1940. Based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, mentally-disabled people are encouraged to play a full part in village life, giving them value and self-respect.
The commercial care-provider model for which CQC is set up has no concept of volunteer support 'families' in which Camphill's less able residents live active and fulfilled lives and the UK communities are being systematically reduced to 'care homes' where residents passively sit round and watch TV rather than be actively involved in everyday working life to the level of their physical and mental capabilities.

Online petition

It would be nice to feel that CE services in England (and anywhere for that matter) might express solidarity with the Steiner people and whip up some collective support for the Camphill villages, amongst their own staff, users and associates. Sign here:


Why  bother? It should be enough to recall the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller –
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

Reference

(2015) Camphill village communities must not be destroyed, online petion



1 comment:

  1. More on the connection between Conductive Education and the Steiner movement;

    http://www.conductive-world.info/2015/03/karl-konig-camphill-and-andras-peto.html

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