Rudolf Steiner – an educator who cultivates “free human”

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Rudolf Steiner is the founder of spiritual philosophy and he emphasizes the importance of creativity in children education. In 1919, he started his first school. Today, hundreds of schools around the world continue to operate based on inspiration from his educational perspective.

According to Rudolf Steiner, our biggest priority is to develop free human, those with purposes and directions for their own lives.

Desire to be creativity, find truth and responsibility – these three elements are the core of education.

Steiner said that, if a child is able to become fully involved in playing activities, the child will also be able to do his best for more serious tasks in later life.

Who is Rudolf Steiner?

Childhood and work

Born in Croatia, Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1861-1925) became an influential educator and philosopher. Steiner attended a school in Austria and was a student of Vienna University of Technology.

In the late 1880s, Steiner began to work on editing scientific papers for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a project that lasted for many years. While working for Goethe, Steiner also wrote his own works, such as “The theory of potential knowledge in Goethe’s conception of the world” (The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception (1886)) and “Philosophy of Freedom” (The Philosophy of Freedom (1894)).

By 1900, Steiners interest in mental development brought him to the German Theological Association. In 1912, Steiner left philosophy to establish the Anthroposophy Association.

In 1919, he started his first school. Today, hundreds of schools around the world continue to operate based on inspiration from his educational perspective.

A philosopher

Anthropology is Rudolf Steiner’s own philosophy, which suggests that high awareness will allow people to access spiritual knowledge. Steiner began to build Goetheanum, a place he designed as the center for anthropological studies in 1913 in Dornach, Switzerland.

Steiner’s philosophical interest touches many different areas of life, from art to creating a supportive environment for people with disabilities. He is also credited with developing some principles of what is now known as bioenergy agriculture.

Because of its philosophy and its innovative methods, the original Waldorf School quickly gained international recognition and inspired the establishment of new Waldorf schools in Germany and many other countries.

Eight decades later, Waldorf education is a worldwide independent educational movement, with over 700 schools on five continents. Waldorf education is nonsectarian and works to inspire a true morality through the development of gratitude, reverence, and love for the world.

Nguyen Thao (translate) – Vietnamnet