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Balance in Teaching

9 lectures, September 15–22, 1920 and October 15–16, 1923 (CW 302a) Speaking to the teachers at the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Steiner asserts that the unfortunate presence of dishonesty and alienation in society today cannot be addressed without a completely renewed and holistic education. He states fact that successful teaching requires a living synthesis of the “spiritual gymnast,” ...
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 - Release: 09/01/2007

The Spiritual Ground of Education

9 lectures, Oxford, England, August 16–29, 1922 (CW 305) These lectures follow from those presented in Soul Economy. Given during a conference on spiritual values in education and life and attended by many prominent people of the time, Steiner’s Oxford lectures present the principles of Waldorf education at the highest cultural level. The Manchester Guardian reported: “Dr. Steiner’s ...
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 - Release: 12/01/2004

A Modern Art of Education

14 lectures and talks, Ilkley, Yorkshire, August 5-17, 1923 (CW 307) In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work ...
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 - Release: 03/01/2004

Soul Economy

16 lectures, Dornach, Dec. 23, 1921-Jan. 5, 1922 (CW 303) Today’s schools fill children’s heads with information instead of helping them develop their natural human faculties and capacities. They place too much stress on memory, leading to inner exhaustion instead of real learning for a healthy, fulfilling life. The important lectures in this volume were given in Dornach, Switzerland, to leading ...
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 - Release: 03/01/2003

The Light Course

11 lectures, Stuttgart and Dornach, Dec. 23, 1919 - Aug. 8, 1921 (CW 320) “Now the time has actually arrived when...we have a subconscious glimmering of the impossibility of the modern approach to nature and some sense that things have to change” (Rudolf Steiner). This course on light—also exploring color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism—presages the dawn of a new worldview in the natural ...
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 - Release: 05/01/2002

Human Values in Education

10 lectures, Arnheim, Holland, July 17-24, 1924 (CW 310) The underlying thesis of these lectures, volume 20 in the “Foundations of Waldorf Education” series, is that true education must be based on knowledge of the whole human being and that such knowledge cannot be attained without love. On this basis, Steiner presents his understanding of every aspect of child development—bodily, ...
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The Renewal of Education

14 lectures, Basel, April 20-May 16, 1920 (CW 301)  Following a lecture of November 27, 1919 requested by the Basel Department of Education, sixty members of the audience invited Rudolf Steiner to return and deliver a complete lecture course on his approach to education. These lectures are the result. Rudolf Steiner begins by outlining the gradual development of the child with the help of ...
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Practical Advice to Teachers

14 lectures, Stuttgart, August 21-September 5, 1919 (CW 294)  How do Waldorf teachers put their educational ideals into practice in the classroom? How does a teacher connect geography and art and language in a way that enlivens the souls of children? What does a child's respect for the teacher mean for later life? These are only a few practical aspects of this initial course for Waldorf ...
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 - Release: 06/01/2000

Faculty Meetings with Rudolf Steiner

2 volumes: September 8, 1919 – September 3, 1924 (CW 300a/b) The Waldorf school movement has its roots in the chaotic period following World War I. Struggling to create the first school, Rudolf Steiner worked on every detail-lesson plans, religious education, school hours, course resources, administration, finance, and child study. Guiding the faculty, Steiner moved toward his goal of creating a ...
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 - Release: 09/01/1998

The Essentials of Education

5 lectures, Stuttgart, April 8-11, 1924 (CW 308) These talks were given during an educational conference in 1924. They are the last public lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in Germany. According to one member of his audience, "Seventeen hundred people listened to him; the prolonged applause from this great crowd at the end of every lecture was deeply moving, while at the end of the last lecture ...
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 - Release: 02/01/1998

The Roots of Education

5 lectures, Bern, April 13-17, 1924 (CW 309) These lectures on Waldorf education were given as a course during Easter week, 1924, in Bern. Although these talks were given more than eighty years ago, they remain remarkably contemporary. Every word still resonates with passion and dedication to the human adventure. "We must develop an art of education that can lead us out of the social chaos into ...
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Education as a Force for Social Change

10 lectures, Dornach & Stuttgart, Apr. 23 – Aug. 17, 1919 (CW 296, 192, 330/331) These radical lectures were given one month before the opening of the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart—following two years of intense preoccupation with the social situation in Germany as World War I ended and society sought to rebuild itself. Well aware of the dangerous tendencies present in modern culture that ...
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 - Release: 07/01/1997

Discussions with Teachers

15 discussions with teachers of the Stuttgart Waldorf School, Aug. 21 - Sept. 6, 19193 lectures on the curriculum, Sept. 6, 1919 (CW 295) “In spiritual science we divide the human being into ‘I’-being, astral body, etheric body, and physical body. In an ideal human being, the harmony predestined by the cosmic plan would naturally predominate among these four human principles. But in reality, ...
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The Child's Changing Consciousness

8 lectures, Dornach, April 15–22, 1923 (CW 306); plus “Introductory Words to a Eurythmy Performance”  Three and a half years after the founding of the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany, these talks were given to an audience of Swiss school teachers, most having little knowledge of Anthroposophy. This is the context of these lectures, which are among Rudolf Steiner's most accessible ...
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 - Release: 10/01/1996

Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 2

12 lectures, various cities, November 19, 1922-August 30, 1924 (CW 218)  The Waldorf school movement was gaining increasing recognition by the time these public lectures on Waldorf education took place. In this collection, as in the previous volume, Rudolf Steiner is outspoken about the spiritual nature of human beings and the world—including the spiritual nature of Waldorf education.  Topics ...
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 - Release: 10/01/1996