Sunday 16th January
Rudolf Steiner defined three golden rules for Waldorf teachers:
“To receive the child in gratitude from the world they come from;
To educate the child with love;
And to lead the child into the true freedom which belongs to man.”
The reverence and respect felt by Waldorf teachers for the special qualities of each stage of childhood shapes the school environment, the way the children are spoken to, the materials used, the activities undertaken and the approach to learning at each developmental stage.
Waldorf teachers are dedicated to creating genuine love of learning within each child. By freely using art, craft, music and language in conjunction with the teaching of academics, learning becomes a living, creative process. The academic subjects are enriched and enlivened in a way that meets the developmental stages of the children, offering both sensory and intellectual nourishment.
Waldorf teachers believe that children should not be rushed into adult consciousness but allowed to savour their childhood. To assist the young people to learn to know and love the world in childhood, to begin to develop good judgement in adolescence, to freely take responsibility for life’s journey in adulthood; these are our tasks as teachers and parents.
This blog entry is from “Overview of Steiner Education” by Bob Hale and Karen McLean from Steiner Schools In Australia