The Uniqueness of Waldorf Education
What is necessary today for education in a time when social tensions are increasing and when war, hunger and, violence, as well as criminality and corruption scandals, occupy the daily news casts?
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, was convinced that social problems can be solved only with the help of pedagogy that educates the whole human being and education that strives toward the truly human—respect for the autonomy of others and loving interest and honesty in our approach to them. To achieve this, however, will be possible only when teachers and parents acquire a detailed understanding of the developing child’s being and the needs of specific developmental stages.
That is what this book addresses, and I hope it will have many appreciative readers among parents, teachers, and students who seek an education that devotes itself to the deeper strength and challenges of the individual child with ‘heart and healing.’ —Michaela Glöckler
Part I: helps teachers and parents broaden and deepen their understanding of the growing child.
Part II: focuses on classroom activities unique to Waldorf education.
Part III: focuses on self-transformative work necessary for Waldorf teachers as well as for all adults.
About the Author
Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann was the Director of Waldorf Teacher Education Programs at Rudolf Steiner College, and has over 30 years experience working with children in Waldorf schools and with adults in teacher education centers in many parts of the world, including the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Thailand, India, the Philippines, and Mexico. She lectures, gives workshops and mentored Waldorf schools.