Waldorf education, which is synonymous with Steiner education, is based on an anthroposophical view of the human being, that is, a being of body, soul, and spirit. The school system's founder, Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), a philosopher, literary scholar, architect, and educator, was born in rural Austria, south of Vienna. The first Waldorf School was built twelve years after Steiner published his essay “The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy” in 1907. “Waldorf” comes from the name of the cigarette factory that hosted the first Steiner school in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. This educational movement later took root in America in 1928 when the Rudolf Steiner School was established in New York City.

The central focus for a Waldorf teacher is the development of ...

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