Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

 

From: golden3000997
Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:32 pm
Subject: Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

Subj: Anthroposophical Society to Benicia School Board
Date: 2/18/2004 7:58:34 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Dan Dugan
To: waldorf-critics@topica.com

PLANS has received a libelous diatribe from the Anthroposophical Society in America. Sorry it's a couple of weeks late; they didn't send us a courtesy copy. I'll reproduce it in full and reserve my comments for a separate message.

A .pdf of Dan Dugan's report to the Benicia school board, mentioned below, is available at http://www.waldorfcritics.org/benicia/.

In the text reproduced below, underscore is transcoded -thus- and italics *thus*.

-Dan Dugan

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Anthroposophical Society in America
Main Office
1923 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1797
Telephone: 734/662-9355
Fax: 734/662-1727
Internet:
www.anthroposophy.org www.spiritworking.org

February 4, 2004

Board of Directors
Benicia Unified School District
350 East K
Benicia, CA 94510

Dear Sir or Madame:

The philosophy of Rudolf Steiner is known as "Anthroposophy" (from "anthropos" meaning human and "sophia" meaning wisdom) and is a method of spiritual inquiry. Steiner established an Anthroposophical Society to foster and protect his methodology. The Anthroposophical Society in America, Inc. was incorporated in 1938 as a New York State corporation which has its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You may find out more about us at: http://www.anthroposophy.org or more about the "anthroposophical movement" at http://www.spiritworking.org.

This letter is to inform you of our very strong objections to the false and defamatory assertions made about anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner in a document which you have recently received, "Notes on the Carquinez Charter School (Waldorf) Petition".

A group of critics centered in San Francisco is leading a campaign of defamation using hate-group-like tactics against both anthroposophy and Waldorf education. The group is known as "People for Legal and Non-Sectarian Schools" (PLANS) and they maintain a "Waldorf Critics" web site at http://www.waldorfcritics.com and they also maintain a "Waldorf Critics" list-serv which is publicly re-published at http://www.topica.com/lists/waldorf-critics. This site and these list-servs have a similar character in relation to Waldorf education and anthroposophy in its defamation and demonization of them as the hate site "Jew Watch" at http://www.jewwatch.com has in relation to Judaism.

-PLANS' "Misinformation campaign"-

PLANS has been conducting its campaign against anthroposophy and Waldorf education since 1995. In a June 10, 1997 top of the page editorial, which the Sacramento "*Bee*" entitled "The Attack on Oak Ridge", the *Bee* called PLANS action at Oak Ridge elementary school a "misinformation campaign". School districts such as yours are targeted by PLANS for similar "misinformation campaigns" solely based on their connection with Waldorf educational methods which might become a part of a public school education program in your district.

One part of their campaign is a document such as the one you have received. you will note that these comments actually say very little about the school being proposed in your district. Instead, the document seeks to impugn the proposed school by making outrageous and defamatory allegations about anthroposophy and Waldorf education.

-Question the motive-

The motive of PLANS for submitting this document must be questioned by your group as it is clearly part of the on-going defamation campaign which PLANS initiated in 1995. This campaign has included a wide range of hate-group-like tactics in print, radio and on the internet. We are grateful that internet service providers have helped us remove PLANS' defamatory material from their sites.

-Consider the source-

If the motive is suspect, one must also consider the source: Dan Dugan, PLANS Secretary, is not an "expert" in education or pedagogy. And so, his comments about your proposed school should be given no more weight as any other layman's opinion.

You should also know that Dugan is not an "expert" in anthroposophy or the work of Rudolf Steiner. A Judge has not allowed Dan Dugan to appear in a court case as an "expert witness" on what Dugan called "Anthroposophy; Steinerism; occult, spiritual & pseudo-science practices in Waldorf". His commentary about anthroposophy--given his agenda and past practices--should be given no credence whatsoever.

-No Basis In Fact-

The PLANS document is based on untruths, innuendo and the twisting of fact in order to place anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and Waldorf education in a false light. We categorically reject the "anthroposophy" which PLANS presents in their document. It is a fiction of their own invention.

-No connection-

My understanding is that public schools employing "Waldorf methods" aspire to use the best pedagogical practices from a wide variety of sources and look to a Waldorf approach for a foundation of their program. I know for a fact that Waldorf methods schools are entirely separate from the private Waldorf school movement. They are very distinct. And, I know that my office has had no connection with Waldorf in the public sector until a copy of the Carquinez school petition came my way.

I very much regret that your district has had to be subjected to this attack on anthroposophy conducted by PLANS. I also very much hope that you will feel free to include this office to verify any of the specific allegations contained in the document you may receive.

Sincerely,

[signed]

Jean W. Yeager
Administrative Director

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From: at
Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:45 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

I'm sorry. How is this libelous?

Dugan's "Notes on the Carquinez Charter School (Waldorf) Petition" (which he linked to below) start out with quotations out of context (the very first one isn't even Steiner's own words, altough it is attributed to him as such - it a translation of an editor's compilation - 50 years after the fact - of the notes of participants at a conference, detailing what they remember Steiner to have said). The quality of scholarship hardly improves. Diana Winter's objection to "festivals" is cited as an expert source. Dugan even objects to the use of the phrase "light filled" in a school context as "a typical Anthroposphical expression". He also objects to teaching projective geometry in the 11th grade because "it is used to illustrate Anthroposophical cosmological concepts." The document also includes the statement: "It is not appropriate that U.S. schools teach Old Testament as history." It also contains the factually inaccurate statement "this racial theory of history, which Rudolf Steiner declaimed in lecture halls in the 1920's, became part of the official mythology of Nazi Germany (see Rosenberg)." (To anyone who has done a comparative study of the two, similarities between Rosenberg and Steiner are tenuous at best. Claiming that Rudolf Steiner's teachings became official mythology of Nazi Germany is patently absurd). That Dugan of all people is calling such careful objections "libelous" would be amusing if the issue weren't so serious.

Daniel Hindes

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From: dottie zold
Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 11:15 pm
Subject: Re: Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

Daniel wrote:

I'm sorry. How is this libelous?

Dottie:

Reading Dugans words was just stomach turning. Seeing critics noted as experts show how far they will go to make their case which stinks to high heaven. All the benefit of the doubt one is willing to give them must be giving a second thought. This is going after Waldorf schools on a level that can have national implications. And all because they do not like to hear God or any kind of spirit relationship in the mix. All their pent up frustrations of their religious feelings have turned this case into what it is: a witch hunt.

No more breaks,

Dottie

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From: dottie zold
Date: Wed Feb 18, 2004 11:29 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

--- dottie zold wrote:

Daniel wrote:

I'm sorry. How is this libelous?

Dottie:

Dugan and Lisa are worried about being called a hate group? Well if the cat didn't just bite the dog. Say what?????

Well, Lisa and Dan what do you think you look like? A group of parents upset about feeling decieved by Waldorf? Think again. You got a full cruscade going on over their in critic land. A straight out witch hunt supported by the 'anti-cult, conservative to the extreme, religious propagandist' paying your bills. And to top it all off most of you are atheist. Talk about strange bedfellows. And what do they come together for big bad meany Waldorf Schools. Ooooooohhhh...One only has to check in your archives to the nastiness and down right manipulation of facts, to get to the truth. Once again it seems you can bite but don't want to be bitten back. Too bad.

Dottie

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From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:19 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Wasn't this nice of Dan Dugan?

At 03:45 19.02.2004, Daniel wrote:

I'm sorry. How is this libelous?

This is something for "Dial-a-Joke" if that service is still around. A new career could be launched in the Comedy Store in Hollywood with material like this.

I don't think I've laughed so hard in my llife. The PLANS-WC clan has not only succeeded in becoming a cult in its own right a long time ago; now they have even managed to brainwash themselves without being aware of it! Man, this is deep, this is dynamite, hilarious and tragic. Deprogrammers and therapists and exit counsellors should be called in. It must be a classical example of the effects of Orwellian doublethink and newspeak. Wow.

Imagine Percy's dog pisses on Goofey's lawn, which pisses Goofey off. Imagine Percy won't "refute" what his dog did. So Goofey decides to take revenge; he establishes a committee against dogs pissing on other people's property, but it's not juicy enough and people aren't interested. So he calls the committee "People Concerned About Percy and His Dog".

And then Goofey begins to juice it up. Goofey says Percy is a pedophile, a serial killer, using dogs to maul children on their way to school, to eat them at home later. Percy's dog is a small Yorkshire Terrier that has never bitten a child; Percy is a vegetarian. So he openly calls Goofey a liar, wherepon Goofey sues Percy for slander!

(Big laugh and applause!)

I love it.

Tarjei
http://uncletaz.com/

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