Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education—both general and special—agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.
Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.
Topics include: a social basis for education; the spirit of the Waldorf school; educational methods based on anthroposophy; children at play; teaching through the insights of spiritual science; adolescents after the fourteenth year; science, art, religion, and morality; the spiritual basis of education; the role of caring in education; the roots of education and the kingdom of childhood; address at a parents' evening; and education within the broader social context.
C O N T E N T S:
Introduction by Christopher Clouder
1. The Social Basis for Education
2. The Spirit of the Waldorf School
3. Educational Methods Based on Anthroposophy
4. The Child at Play
5. Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight
6. The Adolescent after the Fourteenth Year
7. Science, Art, Religion, and Morality
8. The Spiritual Grounds of Education
9. The Role of Caring in Education
10. The Roots of Education and the Kingdom of Childhood
11. Address at a Parents’ Evening
12. Education in the Wider Social Contest
Afterword by Christopher Clouder