By Rudolf Steiner
Those incredible, radical lectures got one month sooner than the hole of the 1st Waldorf School—following years of extreme preoccupation with the social scenario in Germany as international conflict i finished and society sought to rebuild itself. good conscious of the damaging developments found in sleek tradition that undermine a real social life—such as psychic torpor and tedium, common mechanization, and a becoming cynicism—Steiner well-known that any resolution needs to tackle not just financial and criminal concerns but in addition that of a unfastened non secular existence. Steiner additionally observed the necessity to accurately nurture in young children the virtues of imitation, reverence, and love on the acceptable phases of improvement to be able to create mature adults who're inwardly ready to meet the calls for of a really fit society—adults who're capable of think the obligations of freedom, equality, and brotherhood. referring to those topics to an figuring out of the human as a threefold being of suggestion, feeling, and volition, and opposed to the heritage of ancient forces at paintings in human recognition, Steiner lays the floor for a profound revolution within the methods we expect approximately schooling. additionally incorporated listed below are 3 lectures at the social foundation of schooling, a lecture to public university academics, and a lecture to the employees of the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette corporation, and then they requested him to shape a faculty for his or her teenagers.
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However, we can only understand spirituality through intuition, and if we want to understand the spirituality active in capitalism, namely, mammonism, we need intuition. That is what the Bible contains, but today we need an understanding of the world appropriate to modern times. 24 EDUCATION AS A SOCIAL FORCE We must attempt to understand objectively these things we hold to be somewhat twisted today. Genuinely objective knowledge in these areas will show the necessity of permeating social viewpoints everywhere with true spiritual science.
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If you travel today to countries where the first revolution has already occurred, what do you find in their policies for socalled unified schools? What are their policies, actually? For Lecture One / Dornach, August 9, 1919 13 those who have insight into the connections within human nature, the socialist educational policies are truly shocking, they are the worst imaginable. The worst possible things you could think of are the schools and lesson plans and school organization connected with Lunatscharsky,6 the minister of education in Russia.
Education As a Force for Social Change (Foundations of Waldorf Education, 4) by Rudolf Steiner