Education and Modern Spiritual Life

The "Ilkley Course"

Rudolf Steiner

(same lecture content as the new printing titled A Modern Art of Education)


We think these lectures are among the richest
Steiner every gave about education. This is
the lowest priced edition of this series of
lectures, and we’re hoping many people will
take the opportunity of becoming familiar with

In this fine introduction to Waldorf
education, written out of a series
of lectures given in 1924, Steiner
provides one of the most comprehensive
introductions to his pedagogical
philosophy, psychology, and practice.
Steiner begins by describing the
union of science, art, religion
and morality, which was the aim
of all his work and underlies his
concept of education.

Against this background, many of the lectures
describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established
how children’s consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different
subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish
inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way
at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the
modern world become second nature.

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