Education for Special Needs
The Curative Education Course
12 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Education for Special Needs - The
Curative Education Course: In 1924, when attitudes to people with
developmental difficulties were radically different from today, Rudolf Steiner gave this seminal
course of lectures to a small group of teachers and doctors as a
fundamental basis for their work with young children and adults who
suffer under such conditions. Many decades later, the movement
he inspired, which has come to be known as the Camphill Movement, has grown to world-wide proportions, with hundreds of
homes around the world for both children and adults with special
needs. Revolutionary in its outlook and methodology, the
far-reaching perspectives of this course remain a living source of
inspiration to those professionals in the field who are cultivating
a spiritual approach to helping individuals with mental, emotional
or physical handicaps.
Rudolf Steiner describes different polarities
of illnesses and derives therapies from a comprehensive spiritual
analysis of the many variations of the human condition. He considers
individual cases in great detail and gives recommendations for
therapeutic exercises and medical treatment. Throughout the course
Rudolf Steiner also gives valuable advice for the development of the
educator's own abilities.
This new edition features a revised
translation, colour plates, and an index.
12 lectures, Dornach 25 June to 7 July 1924, GA317
256pp (15 colour plates), paperback
ISBN: 1 85584 042 1
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual
philosophy ‘anthroposophy’, which he defined as ‘the consciousness
of one's humanity’. As a highly-trained initiate and clairvoyant he
spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he
did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to
found a universal ‘science of the spirit’.
His many published works (written books and
lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of
the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and
methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their
own spiritual faculties. He also provided indications for the
renewal of many human activities, including education - both general
and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture,
science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books
and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded
the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches
throughout the world.
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