Peter Selg
The Essence of Waldorf Education
August 05, 2018 Comments.. 175
The Essence of Waldorf Education Read an excerpt from this book PDF Schools reflect the state of society If society is materialistic competitive egoistic technological and without concern for human values and long term thinking

  • Title: The Essence of Waldorf Education
  • Author: Peter Selg
  • ISBN: 9780880106467
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Read an excerpt from this book PDF Schools reflect the state of society If society is materialistic, competitive, egoistic, technological, and without concern for human values and long term thinking, our schools will tend to reflect those values However, what if education were about something else What if education were about the future What if education were a abouRead an excerpt from this book PDF Schools reflect the state of society If society is materialistic, competitive, egoistic, technological, and without concern for human values and long term thinking, our schools will tend to reflect those values However, what if education were about something else What if education were about the future What if education were a about nurturing a new generation of human beings, integrated in body, soul, and spirit and able to think for themselves and have the capacity to love Perhaps the world would change The Waldorf school, initiated and guided in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, was conceived with precisely such an end in view.In this passionate, inspiring, and moving book, Peter Selg, speaks from a deep knowledge of Anthroposophy and from his extensive experience as a child psychiatrist He returns to the original impulses behind the first Waldorf school to show their continuing validity and how they still respond to what we need.From this view, Waldorf education is future oriented, based on a holistic worldview and cosmology that is humanistic, scientific, and spiritual, and develops through a curriculum and a teacher student relationship based on love Its focus is the miracle of the developing human being Recognizing the equal importance of thinking, feeling, and willing, Waldorf education works through bodily movement and art, as well as through intellect and mind.Waldorf Education is not a theory but a living reality, and Selg brings this reality to life before us through the biography of the first Waldorf school Thus, we learn to see it in a new way in its essence, as a healing model of what education might become if the primary relationship, the inner core of a school, is the free relationship between teacher and student.As Steiner wrote It is our task as teachers and educators to stand in awe of the individuality of the student and offer our help so that it can follow the laws of its own development We are merely called upon to remove any obstacles in body or soul that might hinder the individuality from realizing its potential freely A verse given at the dedication of a building at the Waldorf School in Stuttgart expresses the essence of Waldorf Education in poetic form May there reign here spirit strength in love May there work here spirit light in goodness Born from certainty of heart, And from steadfastness of soul, So that we may bring to young human beings Bodily strength for work, inwardness of soul, and clarity of spirit The Essence of Waldorf Education is a translation from German of Der geistige Kern der Waldorfschule Verlag Ita Wegman Institut, 2009.

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    1. Andrew says:

      This is a lecture given by Selg about the founding of the the original Waldorf school in Stuttgart. It's very short, but an interesting overview of the original intentions of Waldorf Education. "[The core of Waldorf Education] is sometimes seen as something historical or traditional, and more often than not it is rejected as a nostalgic whim that needs to be overcome, or as a turning away from the 'real world' in the pursuit of an unrealistic ideal.""What a child is is not a question of ideas an [...]

    2. Eric says:

      Important for its' reflections on the importance of the teacher/student relationship and the future facing nature of education. That is, we always educate children to live in a world that is not yet come to be, and so Waldorf seeks to educate for the person that is to come, to give space for the spirit of the child to open up to the greatest expression of itself. This is a good book for people who already know something about Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education and will serve to deepen their un [...]

    3. Dian says:

      Good introduction about the origin of Waldorf school and a little of Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy. This book doesn't detail the practical application, for that one should consult other books such as Torin M. Finser's "School as a Journey".

    4. Autumn says:

      It's about a very limited slice-I wouldn't call this the essence of Waldorf-everything was left out except for a couple f details plus his love for the man.

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