Steiner education (also called Waldorf education) is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861 to 1925) who was an innovative academic born in Austria. He applied his ideas to education as well as agriculture, medicine, architecture and social reform. He was invited to establish a school in Stuttgart in 1919 for children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory, and that is where the name Waldorf comes from.
Steiner Waldorf Education seeks to:
- Take account of the needs of the whole child, academic, physical, emotional and spiritual
- Work with the different stages of childhood
- Develop a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school
- Develop active imagination through artistic activities, as an integral part of learning
- Support young people in developing a strong sense of self, as well as the capacity to
become socially and economically responsible individuals
The curriculum of a Steiner school reflects these fundamental principles, corresponding to the inner development of the child as he or she journeys from the imaginative world of early childhood to the adult world of clear intellectual thought.
Waldorf 100 marks the centennial of Steiner Waldorf pedagogy in 2019. Find out more about Steiner education from this inspiring video that has been produced.
If you would like to watch any of the other wonderful videos that Waldorf 100 have to offer, you can visit their film’s page on their site: Waldorf 100