An Introduction to Steiner Education: The Waldorf School by Francis Edmunds

By Francis Edmunds

To coach adolescence ... is to ennoble the brain, to fireside the mind's eye, to toughen the desire and to quicken initiative for life.' So writes Francis Edmunds during this inspiring, authoritative and well known advent to Steiner (Waldorf) schooling. Rudolf Steiner's academic procedure, good tested and revered at the ecu continent, is progressively spreading the world over. Its radical rules, in accordance with a view of the individual as composed of physique, soul and spirit, permits a really holistic and balanced schooling that nourishes the full baby. the writer explains in a transparent, energetic kind many elements of Steiner's academic conception, specifically the 3 levels of youth improvement and the way the Waldorf curriculum permits a fit realizing, nurturing and aid of those stages. The position of the category instructor, the 'main lesson', temperaments, attitudes to self-discipline, pageant and examinations are all mentioned, and solutions given according to the author's a long time of wealthy and sundry adventure as an educator of either teenagers and adults. This quantity is a wonderful creation to the idea and perform of Steiner schooling, either for lecturers or educationalists who wish to be aware of extra approximately Steiner's principles, and for fogeys taking into consideration sending their baby to a Waldorf tuition.

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Fairy tales and fables allow children to put things in perspectivegreed, trouble, happiness, meanness, and joy. After reading these stories, [students] have something to think over and discuss. Marva Collins, Marva Collins' Way, 1990 While the character-education project in teaching virtue in the schools and colleges is flourishing at this time, educators in the United States have actually had a 300-year tradition of instilling a particular kind of Page 17 moral character, one typified by some of the same qualities mentioned in the excerpts that introduce this chapter.

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