By Rudolf Steiner
Those talks got in 1923-three and a part years after the founding of the 1st Waldorf school-to an viewers of Swiss institution lecturers, so much of whom have little wisdom of anthroposophy. this is often the context of those lectures, between Steiner's so much available on schooling. A instructor who attended the lectures wrote within the Berne tuition Paper: each morning, as we listened anew to Dr. Steiner, we felt we had come toward him and understood larger what he needed to say and the way he needed to say it. day-by-day, we beginners accrued, asking ourselves, "Why are extra of our colleagues now not the following? it truly is unfaithful that anthroposophy limits somebody, develops blinkers, or avoids genuine life.... For step by step Dr. Steiner indicates its program to lifestyles ... illuminating the main points, disclosing their reference to profound questions of lifestyles and existence." I got here to the convention to stimulate my tuition paintings. i discovered profit in abundance. but additionally, I all at once got a better richness for middle and soul-and, from this in flip shall move richness for my sessions. In different phrases, those lectures are perfect for somebody first coming near near Waldorf schooling. utilizing language that any instructor or mother or father can comprehend, Steiner is going into the necessities of his academic philosophy, supplying many examples and anecdotes to exhibit his which means. during this manner, opposed to the heritage of the constructing baby, he permits the curriculum and the tactic of training to grow to be the common sense end of sensible adventure
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Children don’t tell us this and we don’t notice it; nevertheless, the taste continues to have an effect upon the child. Many among you will surely have observed how, according to their individual makeup, certain children are strongly permeated by soul and spiritual forces and how this quality comes to outer expression in them. It is far more interesting to watch the arms and legs of such a lively child than its mouth, when it is standing some distance away from a table where there is a bowl full of sugar.
Think of how the potential to give form to the entire human organism lies in these organs. This means that if, for instance, a child hears an angry or passionate voice, if it is surrounded by loud and ill-tempered shouting, it will absorb something the animal keeps out. The animal lets itself be shaped only by the larynx and its neighboring organs, but members of the human species allow vehement or passionate voices to enter their inner being. These sounds flow into the human form, right into the structure of the most delicate tissues.
These polar forces, active in the young child, work in full coordination in walking, while the body’s weight is being transferred from one leg to the other. The way that a child gradually learns to control these forces is not only highly individual, but is significant for the child’s entire life. — TRANS. 28 THE CHILD’S CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS the right arm corresponds to the formation of the left speech organ. From the relationship between the activities of legs and arms, as you can observe them in a freely moving human being, yet another relationship comes into being.