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Education for Adolescents - Rudolf Steiner Waldorf education lecturesEducation for Adolescents
8 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner’s eight lectures on education for adolescents, newly translated for this edition, were originally delivered in 1921 to the teachers at the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany. This was two years after the school opened, when the need arose for the development of a high school. Classes were to be added to the existing elementary school for children between the ages of seven and fourteen years.

These lectures were intended to provide a foundation for study and to guide teachers already familiar with Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of humankind and his ideas of anthroposophical education. Such education affirms the being of children within the spiritual world; it comes to terms with their gradual entry into earthly life, aided by spiritual powers, and their need for an education that works with and understands these forces.

Trans: C. Hoffmann (8 lectures, Stuttgart 12-19 Jun 1921, GA302); 160pp
Anthroposophic Press
0 88010 405 8; paperback


Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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