A Modern Art of Education (Foundations of Waldorf Education) by Rudolf Steiner

By Rudolf Steiner

This e-book from Rudolf Steiner represent essentially the most entire introductions to his philosophy, psychology, and perform of schooling. He describes the union of technology, paintings, faith, and morality, that's the aim of all his paintings and underlies his accomplished ides on academic renewal.

Against this heritage, Steiner describe a brand new developmental psychology. in response to the advance of children’s attention, he discusses the methods quite a few matters could be offered in order that they can develop inwardly in young children. until young ones soak up the ideal topic within the correct method and on the correct time, the internal freedom they desire quite a bit for contemporary existence won't turn into a part of their nature.

Here is a superb advent to Waldorf schooling.

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It is only today that one’s position in society become a conscious matter. This conscious life can manifest only after puberty, after the fourteenth or fifteenth year. Then something appears in a person that I will describe in following lectures as an awareness of the true nature of inner freedom. ” If, as occasionally happens today, one seems to have reached such awareness before puberty, it is not actually a true, but a clumsy imitation of later life. 48 A MODERN ART OF EDUCATION The Greeks purposely tried to avoid this in an individual’s development.

The main characteristic of the seventh year is the change of teeth. This is an event that is assigned little importance today. But think about it; the human organism brings the first teeth with it as an inheritance—or rather, it brings the force to produce the first teeth from the organism, and by the seventh year they are worn out. It is absolutely wrong to think that the force pushing up the second teeth did not develop before the age of seven. It develops slowly from birth and culminates around the Greek Education and the Middle Ages 35 seventh year.

All that I described yesterday happened in order to regulate education in its light. What did the Greeks see in a small child between birth the change of teeth? They saw a being sent to earth from spiritual heights. They saw a being who had lived in a spirit world prior to earthly life. As they observed the child, they tried to discover whether the body was properly expressing the divine life of existence before birth. The Greeks considered it important to recognize, in children up to the seventh year, that the physical body holds a spirit being who has descended.

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