The Steiner Curriculum
November 15, 2012
Dr Rudolf Steiner was born in Austria in 1861 and worked in the fields of science, philosophy, agriculture, social economics, the arts, medicine and education. He was approached by the owner of the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette factory in Stuttgart and asked to start a school for the children of the workers. After a detailed study of the development of the child, Steiner formulated curriculum indications and a methodology for its delivery.
Dr Rudolf Steiner, born in Austria in 1861, was a scientist, philosopher and educator who, in 1919, founded the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart. He formulated a curriculum and structure which has inspired the steady growth of an educational movement now represented by over 800 schools world wide. There are more than 40 Steiner (after Dr Steiner) or Waldorf (after the first school) schools in Australia.
Steiner schools value and promote a love of learning, the ability to lead a meaningful life, the development of a moral sense based upon truth, beauty and goodness and the ability to assume responsibility for one’s individual destiny.
In the words of Rudolf Steiner:
“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives’.“