The Multifaceted Life of Emil Molt (Father of the Waldorf School)
Entrepreneur, Political Visionary, and Seeker for the Spirit
Sophia Christine Murphy
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While it is true that Rudolf Steiner created Waldorf Education and its pedagogy, it is equally true that without Emil Molt, there would be no Waldorf schools, nor would Steiner have been called upon to create the curriculum guidelines. It was Emil Molt's idea to begin a school for the children of the workers in the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette factory, and it was Emil Molt who personally funded most of the school during Steiner's lifetime. He wanted very much to improve the lives of the factory workers and to create a school where children could grow into adults who bore within them both a social and spiritual vision.
Sophia Christine Murphy has given us a beautifully written, amazingly well-researched and detailed biography of her grandfather, Emil Molt. We are so happy to see his life portrayed with such care and understanding. Emil Molt's was truly a spirit who sought always to offset the destruction he saw from the war, from revolutionary movements with violent tendencies, and from uncaring industrialism. That he succeeded so very well is in itself inspiring - that his work continues in the form of Waldorf Schools, remarkable.
We hope many people can get to know Emil Molt through this book. The strength of his character comes as an answer to much that our world needs in the present.
Partnerships of Hope
Building Waldorf School Communities
Christopher Schaefer, PhD
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Keeping beauty within the administration of a growing organization; ensuring that the reasons that organization exists don't get lost; setting a standard of excellence for all who make up the body of the organization; and creating an atmosphere of both enthusiasm and peace -- none of this is easy. At Waldorf schools, however, it is really essential to the outcomes of the education of children that these goals be achieved.
Christopher Schaefer has explored the multifaceted life of Waldorf schools in ways that are inspiring and useful. In Partnerships of Hope, he takes us into the heart of the various areas of school life and shows how we can come together wakefully and move forward both joyfully and effectively. I find that there is a quiet beauty in what he offers that I hope will find its way into increasingly more schools.
- The Dialogue of Social Creation: Practicing Social Art
- Phases of Waldorf School Development
- Self-Administration and Governance in Waldorf Schools
- Working Together in Groups and Communities
- Developing a Culture of Leadership, Learning and Service
- Transformation and Renewal in Waldorf Schools
- Rudolf Steiner as Social Thinker and Reformer
- The Experience of Hope: Waldorf Schools as Cathedrals of the 21st Century
- An Education for Peace, for Hope and for the Social Future
Forming School Communities
The Renewal of the Social Organism
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The author explores questions of school governance and the cultivation of a ·healthy social life· within the context of a Waldorf school. His is a refreshingly lively approach that, while adhering to the models tradition to Steiner's conception of society as a threefold entity, offers more movement and flexibility than most who have covered this topic. Worth reading if social organization and the life behind it are of interest to you.
The Mysteries of Social Encounters
The Anthroposophical Social Impulse
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The author begins from the point of view that at this particular time in human evolution we are called upon to pay particular attention to social interaction. Drawing from Rudolf Steiner·s insights on the renewal of social life, the author thoroughly explores the foundation, problems, and remedies that are so vitally needed today. Included are many gems that can be used in Waldorf school community settings or any place where individuals wish to serve a higher social purpose.
Freeing the Human Spirit
The Threefold Social Order, Money, and the Waldorf School
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This comprehensive book suggests how true human dignity can be attained through a correct understanding of karma and destiny in the workplace. Michael Spence describes how we can be socially, legally, and economically true to the realities of spiritual science within Waldorf schools. The author has lectured at many Waldorf schools across North America.
Essays on Business Practices within Waldorf Schools
Edited by David Mitchell and David Alsop
A collection of essays examining the financial and organizational thinking within Waldorf schools in North America. Images ranging from pillars to plant metamorphosis to center and periphery abound in addressing the overall growth and development of a Waldorf school. Practical matters from enrollment to planned giving to budget preparation are addressed in detail, offering the reader insights into the essential questions of why, how, and what. Thoughts about leadership, joyful philanthropy, and achieving a spirit of determined cooperation among all members of a Waldorf school community are here, too. Truly, a living and inspiring imagination of healthy schools emerges for the reader, with a great deal of practical, down-to-earth advice included.
The Waldorf School and Threefold Structure
The Embarassing Mandate - The Risk of Being an Anthroposophical Institution
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This controversial book examines the author's understanding of democratic process and identifies how Steiner·s concept of a threefold society can be applied in a Waldorf school.