As a Jefferson county charter school guided by the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education and in acknowledgment of our school's explicit value of diversity and access, we at Mountain Phoenix Community School accept the difficult truth that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, expressed beliefs that, by the standards of equity we strive for today, can be considered discriminatory. Our school formally denounces any such beliefs and statements made by Rudolf Steiner. It is imperative that we seek to understand why such statements were historically part of our educational philosophy. We believe it is necessary to fundamentally question Steiner's teachings to determine how they have negatively affected the development of Public Waldorf education, especially with regards to questions of discrimination on the basis of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, culture and religious beliefs. Our school community believes public Waldorf education should be based on the idea that all human beings have the right to be treated equally and respected when they raise their voices against discrimination.