Republican Academies: Rudolf Steiner on Self-management, Experiential Study, and Self-education in the Life of a College of Teachers
Republican Academies is a collection of Rudolf Steiner’s insights for Waldorf schools on self-management, experiential study, self-education, and cooperative working. The book includes extensive excerpts from Steiner’s speeches and writings and explores his views on college life (the faculty of teachers in a school), outlining some of the history and development of the Waldorf philosophy throughout the beginning of the twentieth century.
Steiner’s practical experiment in “republican self-management” at the Stuttgart Waldorf School now has its legacy in more than a thousand Waldorf-inspired schools around the world.
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. 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.
Francis Gladstone is a Steiner/Waldorf school teacher.