Who was Steiner and what is anthroposophy?
Rudolf Steiner was born in what is now Croatia in 1861. He wrote and lectured on a wide range of contemporary issues including architecture, medicine, philosophy, science, economics and social reform as well as education. Steiner schools, biodynamic agriculture and a variety of therapeutic and curative initiatives are amongst the most well-known practical applications of his work.
Steiner’s educational insights, particularly those that relate to development, form one aspect of what Steiner called ‘anthroposophy’, ‘knowledge of the human being’ . These ideas are contained in Steiner’s lectures and written works. Many of these can be accessed online at the Rudolf Steiner archive at https://www.anthroposophy.org.uk
Anthroposophy is a developing body of research and not a belief system. Steiner encouraged people to scrutinise his ideas and put them to the test; he did not want them simply to be adopted or ‘believed’, but he did invite people to engage with them.
What is key in Steiner education?
Steiner education is a holistic education, where the whole person is considered and developed.
Is Steiner based within a particular faith?
Steiner is non-sectarian and non-denominational. The focus is the education and development of all, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive and aims to foster a recognition and understanding of all the world cultures and religions. Steiner based schools are not part of any church. A basis is on a belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being and to all of life.
Suggestions of reading material about Steiner Education;
Children with Special Needs – Rudolf Steiner’s Approach
Waldorf Education – A Family Guide
Pamela Johnson Fenner
All Year Round – A Calendar of Celebrations
Festivals, Family & Food
Diana Carey and Judy Large
Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach
Janni Nicol & Jill Tina Taplin