Articles in the Online Waldorf Library come from many sources. Quite a number are from the archives of journals and publications published over the past 50+ years. When possible we have noted the specific source although this is not always possible.
Included in the "article" search database are all articles in currently in print journals: Gateways, the Research Bulletin and the Waldorf Journal Project.
The Online Waldorf Library includes:
Education as an Art, the first widely circulated journal about Waldorf education in the United States. It began in 1940 as the Bulletin of the Rudolf Steiner School Association. The purpose of the journal was to inform Americans about Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy. In 1969 the journal became known as Education as an Art: A Journal for the Waldorf Schools of North America.
To search for articles specifically from Education as an Art, please enter the journal name into the search box "with the exact phrase".
Lectures from the 2002 AWSNA National Teacher's Conference, to search for the 8 lectures presented, please enter AWSNA lecture in the search box and click "exact phrase"
Download the article: Trust, the miracle of being human
by Henning Kullak-Ublick
Published online in Erziehungskunst, February 2019
Trust is perhaps the most important condition to find our bearing in the world at all. That applies with regard to children but also our everyday practical life – and it does so to a far greater extent than its opposite, control. How else is it possible to move through traffic with millions of cars? What does this sibling of love, which can only be given as a gift but not demanded, mean for the growing child?
Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a few-days-old child will never forget the infinite depth and purity of their gaze in which the moment appears to turn into eternity and in which the most ancient knowledge of the world encounters the promise of an equally far-reaching future. “Who are you?”, “Where do you come from?”, “Where are you going?” are questions which pass through our soul more or less consciously.
What comes to meet us is complete and unmitigated trust. Already in the many months of pregnancy the child feels itself secure, supported, enveloped by the voice of the mother, her thoughts, feelings and actions as she passes through all the changes associated with pregnancy, until they finally together live through the birth, an experience which is as existential as death at the other end of our life on earth.
Download the article: Understanding and Educating Transgender Youth in the Waldorf School
by Jack Palmer
Originally published in Research Bulletin #23, Volume 2 Autumn/Winter 2018
Appropriate treatment and rights of the transgender community has recently become a topic of much attention and controversy at the national level. Special attention has also been placed on transgender youth, and their rights and treatment within the school system. At the national level, there are discussions regarding which sports teams, locker rooms, bathrooms, pronouns, and names these children are entitled to use. In addition to these practical, materialistic concerns, there are the questions of morality and ideology: should the transgender condition be accepted and respected, or is it a sign of psychological dysfunction, to be dismissed or eradicated? Across the nation, individual schools, school districts, and state legislators have taken up a variety of positions on this issue.
While the nation struggles to find an approach to the transgender issue, as students of anthroposophy and leaders within our Waldorf school communities, we must ask ourselves if spiritual science can provide insight. After all, as Rudolf Steiner states in his lecture, Man and Woman in the Light of Spiritual Science:
Anthroposophical spiritual science does not exist in order that human beings be estranged from life through some kind of mysticism. It should in no way divert people from their tasks in daily life or the present. On the contrary, spiritual science should bring strength, energy, and open mindedness to humanity so that people can meet what daily life and our times demand. Hence it follows that spiritual science must not concern itself solely with the great riddles of existence, of the nature of human existence, and the meaning of the world, but must also seek to cast light on those questions which confront us directly. (Steiner, 2011, p. 36)
Download the article: Understanding Imitation
This article is a summary of a lecture given at the International Waldorf Kindergarten Conference in Holland, October 1994. Published in The Developing Child: The First Seven Years, Gateways Series Three, published by WECAN Publications
The little child is a will being. The truth of this struck me when my little grandchild sat at the table and banged on it again and again with a spoon. He was placed on the floor, but continued to move his arm. So much movement-as if he were moving towards the future. Then he began going up the stairs, upwards, upwards until the moment came when he fell down the stairs, but that did not bother him. He began to climb again.
This is the will that is so associated with the body, but there is another will, too. It is like the other leg on which the child walks or the other wing with which it flies. This is the tremendous trust and confidence with which the child meets the world. This openness and trust is so great in the small child and is one of the reasons a very young child can seem so large. He embraces the world. A family went to visit friends who had a newborn baby. One of the visiting boys said to his little sister, "The baby is so small." "Oh, no," the girl said, "my brothers are small, but the baby is very big "
Imitation lives and moves in the child with these two legs or wings: that which opens to the world inwardly from the body and that which opens to the world in trust. Where do these two forces come from?
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Download the play: Waiting for Isaac, A Play for the Third Grade
by Peter Batzell
Inspired and performed by the Grade 3 class at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine, in the Autumn of 2005. Peter Batzell is a long-time Waldorf class teacher.
"Our story from the call of Abram to the birth of Isaac is told in the book of Genesis from Chapter 12, verse 1, up through Chapter 21, verse 3. There are many omitted stories woven into that account. The women in the Book of Genesis are fascinating, although the stories are often referred to only as those of the Patriarchs. The struggle between Sarah and Hagar is significant not only due to the fact that from them arise on the one hand the 12 Tribes of Israel, and on the other, the tribes of the Arab nations; but also as a tale of the destinies of two women, and their relations with the all determining Spiritual World.">
Keywords: plays, drama, Third Grade, Old Testament