- Series: Foundations of Waldorf Education (Book 25)
- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: SteinerBooks (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880104147
- ISBN-13: 978-0880104142
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Education of the Child: And Early Lectures on Education (Foundations of Waldorf Education)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
About the Author
Rudolf 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.
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It explains the different ages, and what is happening in the soul of the child at each state all in connection with his/ her karma and his/ her family blood karma. I think we confuse children by saying one thing and doing another. Well, in this book rudolf steiner explains how important is for a child the actions that we imitate because from his first 7 years, a child learns just by imitation, not by us teaching or lecturing.
If we help our children to cultivate their soul with goodness, we help them to become great human beings.
It is a book to read with an intuitive perspective, not the kind of intellectual and technological approach
"Vague and the general phrases - 'the harmonious development of all the powers and talents in the child,' and so forth - cannot provide a basis for a genuine art of education. Such an art of education can only be built on a real knowledge of the human being. Not that these phrases are incorrect, but that at the bottom they are useless as it would be to say of a machine that all its parts must be brought harmoniously into action. To work a machine you must approach it, not with phrases and truisms, but with real and detailed knowledge. So for the art of education it is the knowledge of the members of man's being and of their several development which is important. There is of course no doubt that they truly realistic art of education, such as is here indicated, will only slowly make its way. This lies, indeed, in the whole mentality of our age, which will long continue to regard the facts of the spiritual world as the vapourings of an imagination run wild, while it takes vague and altogether unreal phrases for the result of a realistic way of thinking."