What is Steiner Education?
Since the inception of the Waldorf School in Stuttgart in 1919, Steiner Schools have earned an enviable reputation throughout the world as successful educators of creative, socially aware and clear-minded individuals, keen to take their place in, and contribute to, their community. Consequently, the Steiner school movement has become the fastest growing independent school initiative in the world, with over 1000 schools in 60 countries worldwide.
The philosophy of Steiner education is based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, also known as anthroposophy, which literally means ‘the wisdom of man’ (anthropos: man, sophia: wisdom).
Steiner-inspired education is based on three perennially supportive principles: veneration for the child’s past, protection for its present and optimism for its future.
This approach strives to recognise the individuality of each child and aims to create a physical, social and spiritual environment in which that individuality can unfold with confidence.
It also seeks to develop an inner mobility and subtlety in children in order to help them deal with the challenges of rapidly changing social structures and technology. To meet these aims, Steiner education offers a broadly-based learning program balancing artistic, practical and academic activities. Teachers are dedicated to generating a genuine inner enthusiasm for learning in every child through powerful, imaginative and dynamic presentation, designed to make every subject interesting and relevant.