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The Education of the Child: And Early Lectures on Education (CW 293 & 66) (Foundations of Waldorf Education, 25) Paperback – May 1, 1996
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As early as 1884, while tutoring a boy with special needs, Steiner began a lifelong interest in applying spiritual knowledge to the practical aspects of life. Steiner originally published the essay at the core of this book in 1907. It represents his earliest ideas on education, in which he lays out the soul spiritual processes of human development, describing the need to understand how the being of a child develops through successive “births,” beginning with the physical body’s entry into earthly life, and culminating in the emergence of the “I”-being with adulthood.
Also included are several early lectures on education, ranging from 1906 to 1911, well before the birth of the Waldorf movement in 1919.
ORIGINAL SOURCES: The essay “The Education of the Child in the Light of Spiritual Science,” translated by George and Mary Adams, appeared originally in German in the journal Lucifer–Gnosis (nr. 33), 1907, under the title “Die Erzieuhung des Kindes vom Geschictspunkte der Geisteswissenschaft.” It is included in vol. 34 of the Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner, published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1987. The lecture “Teaching from a Foundation of Spiritual Insight,” translated by Robert Lathe and Nancy Whittaker, is included in Ursprungsimpulse der Geisteswissenschaft, vol. 96, as “Erziehungspraxis auf der Grundlage spiritueller Erkenntnis”; the lecture “Education in the Light of Spiritual Science,” translated by Rita Stebbing, appeared as “Die Erziehung des Kindes vom Standpunkt der Geisteswissenschaft”; and the lecture “Education and Spiritual Science,” translated by Rita Stebbing, appeared as “Schulfragen vom Standpunkt der Geisteswissen-schaft” in Die Erkenntnis des Ubersinnlichen in unserer Zeit, vol. 55; the lecture “Interests, Talent, and Education,” translated by Robert Lathe and Nancy Whittaker, is included in Antworten der eisteswissenschaft auf die grossen Fragen des Daseins, vol. 60, as “Anlage, Begabung und Erziehung des Menschen,” all of which are in the Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner, published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1987. The lecture “Interests, Talents, and Educating Children,” translated by Robert Lathe and Nancy Whittaker, appeared originally in the magazine Die Menschenschule, vol. 31 (nr. 6),1957 and vol. 48 (nr.1), 1974.
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Christopher Bamford (1943–2022) was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and lived for a while in Hungary and then in Scotland. He studied as an undergraduate at Trinity University in Dublin and earned his master’s degree at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. For nearly thirty years, he was Editor in Chief at SteinerBooks (Anthroposophic Press) and its imprints. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he lectured, taught, and wrote widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions. His books include a selection of his numerous introductions, Encountering Rudolf Steiner: Introductions to Essential Works (2022); Healing Madonnas: Exploring the Sequence of Madonna Images Created by Rudolf Steiner and Felix Peipers for Use in Therapy and Meditation (2017); An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West (2003); and The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity (1990). He also translated and edited numerous books, including Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science (2001); The Noble Traveller: The Life and Writings of O. V. de L. Milosz (1984); and Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness (1982). Essays by Mr. Bamford are included in The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 (“In the Presence of Death”) and The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 (“The Gift of the Call”). Christopher passed over the threshold on May 13, 2022, at his Mt. Washington, Massachusetts home.
- Publisher : SteinerBooks (May 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 127 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0880104147
- ISBN-13 : 978-0880104142
- Item Weight : 6.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.34 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #252,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It explains the different ages, and what is happening in the soul of the child at each state all in connection with his/ her karma and his/ her family blood karma. I think we confuse children by saying one thing and doing another. Well, in this book rudolf steiner explains how important is for a child the actions that we imitate because from his first 7 years, a child learns just by imitation, not by us teaching or lecturing.
If we help our children to cultivate their soul with goodness, we help them to become great human beings.
It is a book to read with an intuitive perspective, not the kind of intellectual and technological approach