From Norway: Teaching History through the Grades

Waldorf Journal Project #8

Compiled and edited by David Mitchell

Spiral Bound


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There is a verse on the cover of this journal which speaks so clearly about the heart of both history within the Waldorf approach to education and about the articles in the book itself. I’d like to share it with you, in lieu of my usual review – you’ll get to the point faster:

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope.

Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

– Reinhold Niebuhr

Teaching History through the Grades covers the gamut from Grade 1 through 9, and contains articles written from the heart by European teachers.

In it you will find:

  • A Phenomenological Approach to the Subject of History by Oddvar Granly;
  • Fairy Tales and Legends by Jens Bjørneboe;
  • Through the Golden Forest by Leif Warenskjold;
  • What about the Old Testament? by Dan Lindholm;
  • Moses by Karl Brodersen;
  • Francis of Assisi by Dan Lindholm;
  • Sparta and Athens by Jørgen Smit;
  • The Romans by Christian Faye Smit;
  • Jeanne d’Arc, an Enigmatic Figure in the Middles Ages by Jørgen Borgen;
  • I and the Others, Strengthening a Seventh Grader’s Relationship to the World through History and Geography by David Brierley;
  • Modern History in Light of the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution by Sven Bohn;
  • The Ninth Grade and the French Revolution by Hans-Jørgen Hoinaes;
  • The Minute Man, an Aphorism of the True American Spirit by Wolfgang Schuster, M.D.

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