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By Rudolf Steiner

This ebook from Rudolf Steiner represent essentially the most accomplished introductions to his philosophy, psychology, and perform of schooling. He describes the union of technological know-how, paintings, faith, and morality, that's the target of all his paintings and underlies his complete ides on academic renewal.

Against this history, Steiner describe a brand new developmental psychology. according to the advance of children’s realization, he discusses the methods a number of topics may be offered in order that they can develop inwardly in kids. except teenagers take in the correct topic within the correct method and on the correct time, the internal freedom they want loads for contemporary lifestyles won't turn into a part of their nature.

Here is a wonderful advent to Waldorf schooling.

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The body grows weaker, the soul stronger, as it were. A similar process takes place at puberty, around thirteen or fourteen. The soul element weakens to a certain extent, and the spiritual aspects appear. Thus, if we look at the first three periods of life, until the seventh year we are beings of united body, soul, and spirit; from around seven to fourteen, we are beings of body and soul with a separated nature of soul and spirit; and after puberty, we are threefold beings: a being of body, a being of soul, and a being of spirit.

Those who only know and no longer work with the soul’s nature in its physical activity, but only what rules invisibly in one’s inner being, became the ideal of the highest level of education. This, however, is reflected in the most elementary principles of education; it was the gymnasts in Greece who also educated children. Later, it was the orators who educated children. Finally, in more modern times, just as materialism was arising in civilization, it was the professors who educated children.

The Greeks considered it important to recognize, in children up to the seventh year, that the physical body holds a spirit being who has descended. There was a very barbaric custom in certain areas of Greece. People exposed and thus killed children who were instinctively believed to be mere sheaths, not expressing a true spirit being in their physical nature. This was the result of rigidly adhering to the belief that the physical human being during the first seven years of life is the garment of a divine spirit being.

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