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The Education of the Child

And Early Lectures on Education (from CW 31, 33, 34, 55, 60, 96)

Rudolf Steiner and Mary Adams Translated by Robert F. Lathe , Nancy Parsons Whittaker and George Adams Introduction by Christopher Bamford

160 pp.  



Published:  May 1996


“Spiritual science, by its inherent character and tendency, has the task of providing a practical concept of the world-one that comprehends the nature and essence of human life.... For spiritual science is not intended as a theory that is remote from life, one that merely caters to human curiosity or the thirst for knowledge. Nor is it intended as an instrument for a few people who for selfish reasons would like to attain a higher development for themselves. No, it can join and work at the most important tasks of modern people and further their development for the welfare of humankind.” —Rudolf Steiner

As early as 1884, while tutoring a boy with special needs, Steiner began a lifelong interest in applying spiritual knowledge to the practical aspects of life. Steiner originally published the essay at the core of this book in 1907. It represents his earliest ideas on education, in which he lays out the soul spiritual processes of human development, describing the need to understand how the being of a child develops through successive “births,” beginning with the physical body’s entry into earthly life, and culminating in the emergence of the I-being with adulthood.

Also included here are several early lectures on education (1906–1911).

Read Bobby Matherne's review of this book.

Also, read Bobby Matherne's review of the 1971 edition.

  • “The Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science,” essay
  • “Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight,” Berlin, May 14, 1906
  • “Education in the Light of Spiritual Science,” Cologne, December 1, 1906
  • “Education and Spiritual Science,” Berlin, January 24, 1907
  • “Interests, Talent, and Educating Children,” Nuremberg, November 14, 1910
  • “Interests, Talent, and Education,” Berlin, January 12, 1911

Related Titles

  • The Foundations of Human Experience : (CW 293)
  • Practical Advice to Teachers : (CW 294)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Waldorf & Special Needs Education: Foundations and Waldorf & Special Needs Education: General