Given during a conference on spiritual values in education and life 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 at the time: �Steiner�s lectures�brought to us in a very vivid way an ideal of humanity in education. He spoke to us about teachers who, freely and unitedly, unrestricted by external prescription, develop their educational methods exclusively out of a thorough knowledge of human nature. He spoke to us about a kind of knowledge needed by the teacher, a knowledge of the being of man and the world, which is at the same time scientific and also penetrates into the most intimate inner life, which is intuitive and artistic.�
These lectures are among the best introductions to for those who wish to explore the nature and implications of Waldorf education.
About the Author:
Rudolf Steiner (1861�1925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on Goethe�s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena. His multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education (Waldorf schools), special education (the Camphill movement), economics, agriculture (biodynamics), science, architecture, and the arts (drama, speech and eurythmy). In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.