Deeper Insights Into Education: 3 lectures, Stuttgart, October 15 – 16, 1923 (CW 302a)
The unfortunate dishonesty and inhumanities in contemporary civilization can be most fruitfully counteracted by a renewed, holistic education, argues Rudolf Steiner in these three lectures on the Waldorf approach to pedagogy.
Steiner explains why modern education requires a new synthesis of the three historical ideals of the educator: the spiritual gymnast of ancient Greece, the ensouled rhetorician of ancient Rome and medieval Europe, and the intellectual professor of more modern vintage. Of these, the most important is the formative effect of the rhetorician’s cultivation of artistic speech.
PART TWO: DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION
Preface by René Querido
1. Gymnast, Rhetorician, Professor: A Living Synthesis
2. Forces Leading to Health and Illness in Education
3. A Comprehensive Knowledge of the Human Being as the Source of Imagination in the Teacher
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
René M. Querido, LLD, was a seminal figure in Waldorf education for a half century. He was educated in Holland, Belgium, France, and England and studied mathematics and physics at London University. Mr. Querido lectured throughout the world on historical and educational topics and was director of Rudolf Steiner College (Fair Oaks, California). He was also Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America.