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The Spiritual Ground of Education - Rudolf Steiner - GA 305The Spiritual Ground of Education
Foundations of Waldorf Education
Nine lectures by Rudolf Steiner

The Spiritual Ground of Education lectures are exceptional among Rudolf Steiner's many lectures on Waldorf education for their breadth, depth, daring, and accessibility. The audience that was one of the most prestigious Steiner ever addressed.

In this setting Steiner begins by stating that Waldorf education is based entirely upon spiritual scientific knowledge of the human being. He speaks openly and directly about the spirit as "the reality of hidden depths," and he gives numerous examples of this reality and how to become aware of it. He examines the nature of the human being as a threefold organism; the question of education as an "art" and teachers as artists in education; as well as the actual organization of a Waldorf school. He ends by showing, with anecdotes and examples, the importance of teachers, the core of any pedagogy; as exemplars of a way of life: "A heart that is open to changes in life―its unexpected and continuous freshness―must be a Waldorf teacher's basic nature and mood."

"This must be the ground for what we might call a Spiritual-physiological pedagogy. We must have a feeling for bringing living things to children―things that can continue with them into later life ... what we foster in children often lives imperceptibly in the depths of the soul, and in later life it emerges."                                                                      ―Rudolf Steiner

Anthroposophic Press
9 lectures, 16-25 August 1922, Oxford, England, GA 305
151pp; paperback
ISBN:0-88010-513-5
 

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.

From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.

 

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