When he gave these lectures, Rudolf Steiner had only eleven months left to live. The first Waldorf School had been founded five years before, and the intervening period had seen Steiner active in every aspect of school life. Now, in a sense, it was time to bring the ripe fruit of this work before the public. Together, The Roots of Education and its companion lectures, The Essentials of Education provide a stimulating synthesis of the Waldorf approach. These lectures still take my breath away.