GA 307

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Contemporary Spiritual Life and Education

Fourteen lectures, Ilkley/England 5 to 17 August 1923.

In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work and underlies his concept of education.

Against this background, many of the lectures describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established how children's consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the modern world become second nature.


Introduction by Christopher Bamford

1. Science, Art, Religion, Morality
2. The Principles of Greek Education
3. Greek Education and the Middle Ages
4. Spirit's Relationship to the Body
5. Freeing Volition in the Human Organism
6. Walking, Speaking, Thinking
7. Rhythm, Sleep, Imitation
8. Reading, Writing, Nature Study
9. Arithmetic, Geometry, History
10. Physics, Chemistry, Handwork, Language, Religion
11. Memory, Temperaments, Physical Education, Art
12. Education toward Inner Freedom

The Three Eras of Human Religious Education
Closing Address



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