By Rudolf Steiner
This ebook from Rudolf Steiner represent the most complete introductions to his philosophy, psychology, and perform of schooling. He describes the union of technological know-how, paintings, faith, and morality, that's the aim of all his paintings and underlies his finished ides on academic renewal.
Against this history, Steiner describe a brand new developmental psychology. according to the improvement of children’s awareness, he discusses the methods quite a few topics may be offered in order that they can develop inwardly in youngsters. except childrens take in the suitable topic within the correct means and on the correct time, the internal freedom they desire lots for contemporary lifestyles won't turn into a part of their nature.
Here is a superb advent to Waldorf schooling.
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When I spoke of the Greeks, I said that they knew intimately the whole human being, which enabled them to educate in a way that is no longer possible. Their knowledge of the human being was derived entirely from the human body, which was, in a sense, transparent to them and revealed soul and spirit, insofar as their understanding allowed. We have seen how the Greeks educated the whole human being, beginning with the body. Anything that could not be drawn from the body (as music was, for example) was given to the student relatively late, only after physical education was completed, around twenty or even later.
What I have said, however, is the truth, and it justifies the Greeks in having placed the gymnasts in charge of their educational institutions. The gymnasts succeeded most in the spiritual development of the Greeks by giving them freedom. They did not fill their brains or try to create walking encyclopedias; they placed the appropriate human organs into the cosmos in the The Principles of Greek Education 33 right way. People thus became receptive to the spiritual world. As in the East, Greek gymnasts were convinced that this happened, but in a later form.
The gymnast only smiled at the barbarian, who did not understand how the body must be trained in order to manifest the spirit. Similarly, if those Greeks could see our usual methods of education (which date from earlier times), which speak abstractly of soul and spirit, they would laugh at the barbarism that has developed since the days of Greece. They would say, “This is like a The Principles of Greek Education 29 plucked hen. ” The Greeks would have considered it barbaric that children do not wrestle and attack one another.
A Modern Art of Education (Foundations of Waldorf Education) by Rudolf Steiner