Setting out on the journey of adolescence is like taking a boat into turbulent waters, not knowing where one will end up. Will the boat capsize or find its bearing? Where is the rudder?
The community of adults in a high school environment is a community of trust in which we need to foster hope, belief in positive change, and commitment to serve the highest good. This is a teacher’s charge, and one must never forget it.
Teachers are responsible for believing in adolescents’ capacity for change and maturing and for transformation. When these qualities live in the souls of teachers in a high school community, adolescents are able to thrive and to face their own dark night of the soul and to pass through it and into the light.
This is an invaluable resource for teachers, as well as for parents and homeschooling. It offers the possibility of offering order and guidance for adolescents as they navigate the chaos of being teenagers on the verge of adulthood.
C O N T E N T S:
The Story of Parzival—Summary
1. The Role of the Family in Childhood and Adolescence
2. Relationships, Expectations, and Boundaries
3. The Path of Childhood
4. Adolescents and the Awakening of Sexuality
5. Adolescence is a Dangerous Time
6. It Is Hard for Adolescents to Wake Up
7. Honor, Jealousy, and Innocence
8. Mixed Messages and Repercussions
9. The Adolescent's Spiritual Life
10. Eroticism Rules, Confusion Reigns
11. The Adolescent Gains Self-control
12. Awakening the Thinking
13. Having a Good Time
14. Integrating Feeling and Thinking: The Adolescent in the Community
15. Integrating the Will: Boys without Fathers, Girls without Fathers
16. Each Person Has Masculine and Feminine Qualities
Betty K. Staley was born in 1938 in the Bronx, New York, attended City University of New York, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in psychology and a minor in history. She received her Waldorf teacher training at the Michael Hall Teacher Training Course, Sussex, England. She earned her MA in education at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California. Ms. Staley began her Waldorf teaching at the Sacramento Waldorf School as a kindergarten substitute and handwork teacher, and then became a class teacher from 5th through 8th grade before returning to take a 7th grade, which became the first high school class, graduating in 1978. She guided the high school and taught in it full-time for nineteen years. Ms. Staley a founder of Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, California. She has been a consultant and guide to Waldorf teachers, both in independent Waldorf schools and in Waldorf methods public schools, and for teachers of at-risk students. A worldwide lecturer on child and adolescent development, multiculturalism, and Waldorf education, Ms. Staley is thus far the author of five books: Tapestries: Weaving Life's Journey (1997); Soul Weaving: How to Shape Your Destiny and Inspire Your Dreams (2000); Between Form and Freedom: A practical Guide to the Teenage Years (2009); and Africa: A Teacher's Guide (2017, 2021).