Waldorf Schools espouse principles of respect for human rights and the diversity of humankind and believe that inclusivity and equality is a journey of both moral and educational importance.
The Eugene Waldorf High School is in alignment with these core principles, and will actively work to ensure our curriculum and community will support these core principles in all aspects of the high school. We recognize there exist Rudolf Steiner’s lectures and writings that reflect among other things, racist, homophobic, or ableist ideas. We explicitly reject those ideas as inconsistent with the fundamental principles of Waldorf education.
In alignment with Waldorf schools and associations from around the world we support the following principles from the Stuttgart Declaration, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the German Association of Waldorf Schools in Stuttgart on October 28, 2007:
“Racist or discriminatory tendencies are not tolerated in Waldorf schools or Waldorf teacher training institutes.”
Waldorf schools pursue their pedagogical tasks out of the spirit of human rights, thereby
contributing to building a society founded upon mutual respect, tolerance and cooperation between all human beings.
Waldorf schools do not select, stratify or discriminate amongst their pupils, but consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights, independent of ethnicity, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, and political or other convictions.
Anthroposophy, upon which Waldorf Education is founded, stands firmly against all forms of racism and nationalism. Waldorf schools recognize that the richness inherent in a school community is built upon the synergy between both curriculum and students studying that curriculum. To this end, Waldorf schools not only aim to build school communities that are reflective of the larger community in which we are located, but also intentionally promote the synergistic interaction between the elements of the community.”
The Eugene Waldorf High School recognizes the history and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and in our institutions. We acknowledge that we have room to grow as an educational institution and as individuals in our understanding of oppression and social justice. We will strive to make equity and inclusion central; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth.
We will consider our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional inequities, and commit to alignment of our policies and practices to further equity and inclusion on all levels that will work to prioritize voices that often go unheard.