The sad news that Exeter Steiner School will be receiving the green light to occupy one of Exeter University’s old halls of residence is a kick in the teeth to all non-white and Semitic or indeed any non-white-Aryan resident of Exeter.
But the BBC reports this controversial move as if it is all absolutely fine. I have before in these pages made my position clear concerning the BBC’s racist support for Anthroposophy and have complained yet again to them in the hope that they might at least acknowledge the issues and how they intend to address them as a matter of policy.
I reproduce my complaint below.
to BBC on-line complaints department.
Rudolph Steiner’s ‘philosophy’ called Anthroposophy, on which Steiner pedagogy and Steiner education is based is thoroughly racist and anti-scientific. Many anti-racist campaigners and pro-science campaigners have been exposing these issues for many years in print and, over the last 10 years, on line.
Any reporter with any knowledge of education would know about the controversy and it can only be assumed that a): the reporter has no knowledge of education and should not have been given the assignment to report on Exeter Steiner School or, b): the reporter does know about the controversy but is in favour of racism and mysticism.
Either way, like so much of the BBC’s output on Steiner Schools and other Anthroposophical organizations such as Biodynamic Farms, the BBC shows Steiner’s doctrine in the most rosy of lights. If the BNP, the EDL or the National Front were proposing to run a school, I’m sure the ethical and philosophical background of their organisations would be an issue. Steiner’s world view was explicitly and intrinsically racist and no amount of pressure seems to move modern adherents to explain why they continue to follow him.
If the BBC continues to promote Steinerism positively, all we can assume is that the BBC is as institutionally racist as Anthroposophy – an offence to all non-white people and to non-racists. This issue is known to the BBC and it is about time your policy towards reporting Steiner organizations became less accepting of their racism.
I’ll let you all know if I get a reply.
Here is an e-mail I received today.
Dear Mr Nakorn,
Many thanks for your email.This was not a story about the arguments for or against Steiner education but rather a report on an individual school which is opening in Exeter.
The school is clear when questioned that it employs no elements in its teaching which could be described as racist, though it accepts that “Steiner’s works do contain a number of statements on race that are inappropriate in a modern context. They do not inform the education in any way: they influence neither content nor methodology.”http://www.steinerwaldorf.org/downloads/Statement-on-Racism.pdf
We take no view on the system ourselves as journalists, impartiality being at the heart of our editorial process.Best wishes, and thanks for your feedback which is much appreciated.
Laura Ellis, BBC English Regions