By Rudolf Steiner
This ebook from Rudolf Steiner represent the most accomplished introductions to his philosophy, psychology, and perform of schooling. He describes the union of technological know-how, artwork, faith, and morality, that's the objective of all his paintings and underlies his accomplished ides on academic renewal.
Against this heritage, Steiner describe a brand new developmental psychology. in accordance with the advance of children’s attention, he discusses the methods a variety of matters could be provided in order that they can develop inwardly in teenagers. except youngsters soak up the suitable topic within the correct means and on the correct time, the internal freedom they want rather a lot for contemporary lifestyles won't turn into a part of their nature.
Here is a wonderful advent to Waldorf schooling.
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With the second teeth, this force weakens. It withdraws somewhat and no longer works as strongly from the inner being. Why is this? Suppose we were to get new teeth every seven years (I will take an extreme example for the sake of clarity). If the organic forces we carry within us up to the seventh year—if this unity formed by body, soul, and spirit were to continue throughout life—we would receive new teeth approximately every seven years. The old teeth would fall out and be replaced by new ones.
One’s physical development, however, functions unconsciously. Indeed, only when the faculties work unconsciously do they function correctly—indeed, they are reliable only when skills are implanted in the dexterity of one’s hands and accomplished without further thought. Once practice becomes habit, I become secure in what I need to do through my body. The true goal of Greek life Greek Education and the Middle Ages 43 was to make one’s whole earthly existence a matter of habit in this sense. From education until death, human activities were intended to become habitual—to the degree that it would be impossible not to do them.
You can see that the ideal there was not the knower but the doer, the one who can be most convincing through speech, the most skillful in argument, the master of dialectic and the word, which now begins to assume the color of thought. We still find the orator as the ideal of education, although the rhetoric itself has become tinged with the hue of thought. Now, with modern civilization, another ideal arises for evolving humanity—an ideal that is again reflected in the education of children. Education, even in this age of materialism, is still under the influence of this ideal.
A Modern Art of Education (Foundations of Waldorf Education) by Rudolf Steiner