Human Values in Education (The Foundations of Waldorf by Rudolf Steiner

By Rudolf Steiner

The underlying thesis of those lectures, quantity XX within the "Foundations of Waldorf schooling" sequence, is that precise schooling has to be in line with wisdom of the full person and that such wisdom can't be attained with out love. in this foundation, Steiner offers his realizing of each point of kid development-bodily, mental, and religious. even as, he indicates that, to turn out worthwhile in their calling, lecturers needs to start a means of internal improvement. In Steiner's view, it truly is people who provide price and desiring to the realm. glossy schooling, even though, is steadily undermining this that means. those lectures display that schooling can heal that loss of which means and fix the that means of humankind for the area. Steiner additionally discusses the sensible, daily operation of the varsity. He talks approximately forms of instructing, instructor meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and the way Waldorf schooling is expounded to the anthroposophic flow. This booklet, whereas serving as an excellent advent to Steiner's rules on schooling, additionally represents the end result of 4 years event within the Waldorf tuition.

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We learn to see right into human life. In presenting these examples to you, my sole purpose was to show how one learns through anthroposophy to contemplate the life of human beings. 34 HUMAN VALUES IN EDUCATION Let us now look at the matter as a whole. Can’t we deepen our feeling and understanding for everything human just by looking at an individual human life, as we have done here? At a certain moment in life, if we can say: This is how it was for Schiller and Goethe and for the other young man I told you about; doesn’t this stir something within our souls, teaching us to look at every child in a deeper way?

There is an unfinished drama by Schiller, only a sketch. * We see from the concept behind this sketch that, if Schiller had wanted to complete his drama, he could have done so only as one who had experienced initiation. It could not have been finished otherwise. To a certain degree, at least, he had the inner qualities needed for initiation, but because of other karmic conditions, these qualities could not get through; they were suppressed, or cramped. There was a cramping of his soul life, too, and this can be seen in his sketch of the Die Malteser.

In 1799, he moved to Weimar, where he and Goethe collaborated to make the Weimar Theater one of the finest in Germany. Schiller died of tuberculosis at the age of forty-six. Incarnation of the Human Being in a Physical Body 25 So, what is the karmic reason from a previous earthly life that causes one to suffer from painful cramps? When pains such as these take hold of one’s body, they point directly to karma. If we adopt a sense of earnest scientific responsibility and attempt to investigate these cramp phenomena from the standpoint of spiritual science, we always find a specific karmic cause behind them—the results of actions, thoughts, and feelings from an earlier earthly life.

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