How Can Waldorf Education Meet the Needs of Children?
Michaela Glöckler, MD
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These lectures on health in education, given in 1998 at the Waldorf Teachers Conference at Rudolf Steiner College, are a potent support for the work of the Waldorf teacher. As a physician, Dr. Glöckler brings to the fore the physiological foundation of Waldorf Education, moving from clearly observable physical phenomena to the soul-spiritual forces working in them. This physiological approach supports the teachers’ striving for sensitive observation of each child and gives new perspectives for their gasp of the complicated nature of the human being. She demonstrates teh difference between human and animal and shows how, in the animal, wisdom and intelligence have formed the physical body and express themselves through instinct.
These lectures appear as increasing numbers of children are being identified as learning disabled and, more subtly, as daily life provides less and less a foundation for health. Dr. Glöckler points out that the understanding that whatever the manifestations are, underlying them are physiological problems and that this understanding is fundamental to Waldorf Education.
The key task of the educator, therefore, is to insure for the child a healthy physical development, for this is the basis for a healthy soul-spiritual development.