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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher whose legacy continues to inspire in fields as diverse as education, architecture, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, finance, social reform and the arts.

Anthroposophy is the philosophy that underlies Steiner's work. It embraces a profound understanding of the human as a physical, psychological and spiritual being, following the path to freedom. Anthroposophy is not taught to the children; rather, some aspects of it are studied by the teachers in order to further their own development and to aid their understanding of the children in their care.

Even though Steiner’s ideas are based on a profound respect for the equality, individuality and shared humanity of all people, regardless of race or ethnic origin, his works do contain a number of statements on race that are unsupportable. Steiner-Waldorf education is opposed to all forms of discrimination against any person or group of people on the grounds of race, gender, faith, disability, age and sexual orientation, and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and reflecting the diversity of the children, staff and parents served by Steiner-Waldorf schools.