The Spirit of the Waldorf School

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Robert F. Lathe and Nancy Parsons Whittaker
Die Waldorfschule und ihr Geist
GA 297

Schmidt Date   Comments
3810 August 24, 1919    The Intent of the Waldorf School
3830 August 31, 1919    The Spirit of the Waldorf School
3829a Aug 31, 1919    A Lecture for Prospective Parents of the Waldorf School
3867 September 23, 1919    Supersensible Knowledge and Social Pedagogical Life
3914 November 25, 1919    The Social Pedagogical Significance of Spiritual Science
3916 November 27, 1919    Spiritual Science and Pedagogy
  February 1920    The Pedagogical Objective of the Waldorf School in Stuttgart (Essay)


August 24, 1919
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The Intent of the Waldorf School
Freeing the schools of politics and economics. The art of education provides a means to use subject matter to develop strength of soul. Thinking, Feeling and Willing from the point of view of life before birth and after death. The inner relationship of the teacher to the child requires complete freedom in education. Kretzschmar as an example of this longing.

August 31, 1919
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The Spirit of the Waldorf School
Guiding principles for education result from an anthroposophical study of humanity. Examples of child developmental stages and the form of the curriculum. The child must be guided to learn from life.

August 31, 1919
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A Lecture for Prospective Parents of the Waldorf School
Guiding principles for founding the School. The nature of the unified school. The new understanding of humanity as a pedagogical basis - it creates a love of humanity. The goal of the education - that people become free and independent. The parents' interest and understanding assists the success of the Waldorf School.

September 23, 1919
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Supersensible Knowledge and Social Pedagogical Life
Capacities used by Spiritual Science to see into the supersensible world. Transformation of human developmental forces into Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition. Scientific thinking and its effects upon social thinking. Educating to prepare people to learn from life. Bringing life into education. Need to be more concrete and less abstract.

November 25, 1919
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The Social Pedagogical Significance of Spiritual Science
Inability of modern intellectual life to effect positive social change. Working with, not against, human developmental forces in education. Transformation of human developmental forces into Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. Spiritual science goes beyond conventional science.

November 27, 1919
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Spiritual Science and Pedagogy
Limits of scientific method. Children as imitative beings. The child's devotion to true authority. Educating the whole person. Child's developing capacity for judgment. Goal of spiritual science to add to existing culture, not to replace culture.

February 1920
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The Pedagogical Objective of the Waldorf School in Stuttgart (Essay)
An essay by Rudolf Steiner from the journal The Social Future