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Human Values in Education - Rudolf Steiner - Waldorf EducationHuman Values in Education

10 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Foundations of Waldorf Education Series

Human Values in Education by Rudolf Steiner falls into three movements. It begins with lectures that explore the phases of  development of the child into a full human being of body, soul, and spirit; thereby giving guidelines for the educational phases for the growing child. It is followed by lectures which discuss the more social-spiritual aspects of education as practiced in Waldorf schools: e.g. teachers' conferences and parent-teacher meetings.  In the final lectures, Steiner examines questions concerning the temperaments and their relevance in our educational approach to children.

No lecture cycle can ever give a complete picture of the Waldorf educational approach, but each covers the fundamental principles from a particular aspect. Any lecture by Steiner also has its own incomparable value for the understanding of the human being and its development in general. Yet this sequence is truly remarkable and unique, both because it is the last that Steiner gave on education and because, in his last months, he was graced with a remarkable clarity and penetration that allowed him to address old topics (as well as new) with uncanny spiritual luminosity, precision, and sheer humanity.

Anthroposophic Press
10 lectures, 17-24 July 1924, Arnheim, Holland
Trans. Vera Compton-Burnett
211pp; paperback; GA310
ISBN: 0-88010-544-5
 

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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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Human Values in Education - Rudolf Steiner - GA 310