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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)

Rather than writing a long post at one go, I’ve decided to write about Steiner, from my readings of course, as per episode, that is per mini post. Furthermore, I’m very exhausted at this moment, after a long day of activities, so rather than procrastinating this writing, I’d rather write my first short post on Steiner.

Mr. Steiner was a Croatian and learned science, philosophy, arts and literature, taught humanities and published his own philosophical ideas. How did he manage to do all that? I don’t know. Even now, I’m trying to juggle studying psychology and doing beading,whilst working with my lecturer.

He invented a new name for the philosophy on the education of the young~~~anthroposothy, an idea that combined science and spirituality, putting spiritual dimension of development as the larger part of educational approach in Steiner Waldorf schools.

Oh, on a lighter note, I’m always confused as how to call Steiner inspired schools~~~Rudolf Steiner school, Steiner Waldorf school, Waldorf school????? Which is the founder’s full name? Will update more information on this in the next post as my eyes are beginning to end their services for the day. Meanwhile, indulge in Mr. Steiner’s photo for a while.

“DO I LOOK COOL OR DEAD SERIOUS?”

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On another note, I’ve also added a new category at the side margin called ‘Montessori & Non-Montessori Schools’, which will hopefully act as a reference point for parents who are seeking for a place for their little ones.

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November 17, 2008 - Posted by | Steiner Talk |

3 Comments »

  1. Hello Rani,
    I’m Communications Officer for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK and would like to answer your query about the name of the schools. The first ever Steiner school opened in Stuttgart in 1919, and was started for the benefit of the children of workers and directors at the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Company. Ever since then, and particularly in the USA, these schools have been known as Waldorf schools. In the UK, it has been more common to refer to the schools as Steiner schools, although the curriculum is usually called the Waldorf curriculum. That’s why we try to avoid confusion by putting both names together and calling the schools “Steiner Waldorf”.

    best wishes,

    Jeremy

    Comment by Jeremy Smith | November 17, 2008

  2. Thanks Jeremy for clearing the confusion. Now, I’ll know exactly how to reply to the bugging question from others.
    I am also using the information you’ve given for my next post.
    Cheers n Merry Christmas!!!

    Comment by rani | December 13, 2008

  3. It’s important to remember that Steiner’s philosophy/spiritual science/religion, anthroposophy, underpins the education, as the Steiner Waldorf schools Fellowship points out on it’s website.
    This means everythuing in the schools and curriculum are guided by these beliefs.
    It’s worth reading up about them in detail, not taking at face value what the schools or fellowship says about it, which is usually as little as possible.
    If you don’t believe in the reality of spirit worlds, reincarnation, karma, and a host of “truths” which are diametrically opposite to most acknowledged ideas ( some of Steiner’s writing, beliefs include spiritual hierarchies about lowere and higher races, white races “absorbing the spirit best”, blond hair “bestowing intelligence”). While these beliefs might not be “in the classroom”, most of what Steiner indicated is slavishly followed, so there’s a possiblity some of his more terrible ideas could filter in.
    http://www.waldorfcritics.org/active/articles.html

    The automatically generated link to Anthroposophy and Ecofascism should act as a pointer aboiut anthroposphy in general.
    Greetings, Steinerwatch

    Comment by steinerwatch | March 13, 2009


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