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Waldorf Schools Curriculum

  • By: Sheri Leafgren
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The Waldorf Schools curriculum is inspired by spiritual and moral discourses and is experienced as a union of sensory life and inner experience: a spiritual science approach. The Waldorf curriculum was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861 1925), an Austrian scientist, philosopher, artist, social reformer, and educator, and was implemented at the Free Waldorf School (Die Freie Waldorfschule) for Boys and Girls, founded in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1919. Emil Molt, the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory, had invited Steiner to develop a school for his employees' children to educate in ways that might preclude catastrophes such as war. Thus, the impulse behind Waldorf education was and remains cultural and social renewal.

According to Steiner, instilling knowledge as abstract and separate from the whole dehumanizes society, and ...

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