GA 305

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The Fundamental Spiritual Forces in the Art of Education. Spiritual Values in Education and Social Life

Die geistig-seelischen Grundkräfte der Erziehungskunst. Spirituelle Werte in Erziehung und sozialem Leben

Twelve lectures, Oxford 16 to 29 August 1922, with a special lecture, two introductory addresses to eurythmy performances and a conclusion. In the English edition only the 9 lectures in Oxford are included.

These lectures follow from those presented in Soul Economy (CW 303). Given during a conference on spiritual values in education and life and 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: "Dr. 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."


Starting from the question of the spiritual foundations of education, Rudolf Steiner deals here with the resulting tasks of the educator, including many examples from the lessons of the Waldorf school in Stuttgart, which had been in existence for three years at that time. In three lectures on "The Social Question", which follow on from the pedagogical ones, points of view are presented for the realisation of social tasks in the sense of the "Threefolding of the Social Organism".

Introduction by Christopher Bamford

1. The Spiritual Ground of Education
2. The Perception of Soul and Spirit
3. The Spiritual Ground of Physical Education
4. The Art of Educating Young Children
5. The Art of Educating Older Boys and Girls
6. Teachers As Artists in Education
7. The Organization of the Waldorf School
8. Moral Teaching & Eurythmy in the Waldorf School
9. Teachers in the Waldorf School



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