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Foundations of Waldorf Education Series 25

The Education of the Child

And Early Lectures on Education (CW 293 & 66)

May 1996
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    1st May 1996
  • ISBN 9780880104142
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.

“It is necessary for human beings to remember not only what they already understand, but to come to understand what they already know—that is, what they have acquired by memory in the way the child acquires language.... In a certain sense, understanding things through concepts should proceed from the stored-up treasures of the memory. The more children know in memory before they begin to understand through intellectual concepts the better.” (p. 31)

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 are several early lectures on education, ranging from 1906 to 1911, well before the birth of the Waldorf movement in 1919.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Christopher Bamford


The Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science


Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight (Berlin, May 14, 1906)

Education in the Light of Spiritual Science (Cologne, Dec. 1, 1906)

Education and Spiritual Science (Berlin, Jan. 24, 1907)

Interests, Talents, and Educating Children (Nuremberg, Nov. 14, 1910)

Interests, Talent, and Education (Berlin, Jan. 12, 1911)

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.