E-JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #82 (Classics #8)
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Waldorf Education, edited and introduced by Diana Hughes and John Kettle. From the introduction:
The first Waldorf school shocked educators with its radical approach to educating children in the devastation of European civilization. A century later, Waldorf education is still radical and still relevant, placing its fundamentally human approach against new threats to civilization. Rudolf Steiner wanted Waldorf schools to be open to all children, and there are moves in North America and around the world that would make Waldorf education more widely available. We think this is one of the best hopes for the future of humanity.
This selection of fourteen essays…offers a variety of responses to the questions of what Waldorf schools are and how these schools work. The first two, John Gardner’s “What is a Waldorf School?” and Reg Down’s “The Role of the Teacher-Artist Within the Waldorf School,” offer the most direct responses to the questions, though from very different lines of approach. The largest group of essays offers glimpses of teachers at work in the classroom or mulling over challenges they have faced. This is the heart of the Waldorf approach, brought into the classroom through the organization of the curriculum and the skill and sensitivity of the teacher. Following these are essays dealing with what remain two of the most contentious problems Waldorf schools and Waldorf school parents wrestle with: the religious impulse, as Henry Barnes profoundly analyzes it, and the adolescent sexual impulse, as it appeared to Rudolf Steiner. Helmut von Kugelgen reviews Steiner’s determined stance on keeping the schools independent of government influence, a position now being reexamined by teachers and parents. And finally, we reprint a report from the German news magazine Der Spiegel on the success of Waldorf school pupils after graduation.
Diana Hughes and John Kettle — Introduction: Waldorf Education: Radical and Relevant
John Gardner — What is a Waldorf School?
Reg Down — The Role of the Teacher-Artist Within the Waldorf School
Christy Barnes — Can Imagination be Trained? A Crucial Question for Schools Today
M. C. Richards — Early Childhood
Eugene Schwartz — Grade One – Notes
Ruth Pusch — What to Do about Witches
Heinz Müller — Healing Forces in the Word and its Rhythms
Amos Franceschelli — Mathematics in the Classroom: Mine Shaft and Skylight
Hans Gebert — About Goetheanistic Science
Christy Barnes — Training Capacities Through the Study of Literature
Henry Barnes — Has Religion a Role in Education Today?
Rudolf Steiner — Education for Adolescents
Helmut von Kügelgen — How Important is it that Schools are Independent Today?
Der Spiegel — Research on Waldorf School Graduates: Government-Sponsored Study Comparing Graduates of Waldorf and State (Public) Schools
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