Renewal of Education
14 lectures on Waldorf
Education by Rudolf Steiner
Forward by Eugene Schwarz
Following a lecture
requested by the department of education in Basel, Switzerland,
sixty members of the audience invited Rudolf Steiner to return and
deliver a complete lecture course on his approach to education.
The Renewal of Education lecture series is the result. Like other lectures by Steiner to public
audiences, these are accessible and practical, and they provide a
comprehensive overview of his ideas for renewing modern education.
This lecture course is
newly translated for this series. It covers a broad range of
subjects: from the threefold nature of the human being to the
teacher's responsibility toward their students' future; from arts
such as music and eurythmy to the problems involved in training
teachers; and from zoology and botany to language, geography, and
Some specific areas of
How a child
develops with the help of spiritual forces and enlightened
to problems educators face today.
Effects of morality
on real freedom.
How the development
of a child's will leads to a free, flexible ability to think.
Lifelong effects that teachers have on children through the ways
they teach in the early grades.
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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy
'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's
humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed
‘spiritual science’. As a highly developed clairvoyant and
spiritual initiate, 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'.
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
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