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By Rudolf Steiner

This publication from Rudolf Steiner represent some of the most complete introductions to his philosophy, psychology, and perform of schooling. He describes the union of technological know-how, paintings, faith, and morality, that is the target of all his paintings and underlies his entire ides on academic renewal.

Against this heritage, Steiner describe a brand new developmental psychology. in accordance with the improvement of children’s recognition, he discusses the methods a variety of topics will be offered in order that they can develop inwardly in young ones. except teenagers soak up the perfect topic within the correct manner and on the correct time, the interior freedom they want quite a bit for contemporary existence won't turn into a part of their nature.

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Belief began only when the primeval wisdom was merely preserved and no longer flowed directly into human beings. Basically, this is still true of most people today. Everything of a suprasensory nature belongs to tradition; it belongs to the realm of belief, no longer direct and real. Reality now is nature and the perception of nature, but anything related to suprasensory worlds is tradition. Until the Middle Ages and beyond, people surrendered to such tradition, sometimes believing that they did indeed experience such things.

First, let’s look at the Greek ideal for a teacher—that is, the ideal for those who wanted to develop to the highest stage of humanity not only for their own sake, but also to be able to help others along the right path. The Greek ideal of education was the gymnast. Gymnasts were those who had completely harmonized their bodily nature with, to the extent considered necessary, the qualities of soul and spirit. Gymnasts were those who could express the divine beauty of the world through the beauty of their own bodies, and also bring the divine beauty of the world into bodily expression in the child; they were the ones who upheld Greek civilization.

Thus, instead of reading books and maltreating an abstract “spirit,” an exceedingly delicate culture of the body was adopted as the highest educational method in the ancient East. For example, this refined physical education involved a specific and vigorous system of regulating the breath. When we breathe—as indeed we must if we are to get enough oxygen from minute to minute—the process is generally unconscious. We breathe unconsciously. The ancient East made this breathing process—which is essentially a bodily function—into a conscious process.

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