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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"

Earth, Who Gives to Us

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by Franklin Kane and Betty (Kane)Staley
Published in Education as an Art Vol.28, No. 3 – Spring-Summer 1970

The other evening a group of friends were discussing the pressing issues facing man in the decades to come. Was it drugs, war and peace, the younger generation, the racial crisis, political corruption, the changing moral standards, or the East-West confrontation which lay at the heart of the matter? Where could education best serve the future generation to lay a moral foundation to face these issues? Most of these problem areas are symptoms of a failure to respect and understand the human being and his relationship to the world around him. Thus, the current concern for ecology directly relates to the heart of the matter. Then Mrs. G., a professional educator, who had had many disillusioning years of supporting idealistic causes, turned to us and said, "As a teacher myself, I feel that I have never really gotten to the core of it. I have inward concerns which I want to share with the children. They share my emotional involvement, but somewhere there is still a split between the day-to-day teaching and the hard facts of reality. I feel it's wrong to overemphasize these problems to young children and yet how else do I develop the feeling of responsibility? If ecology is the basic issue, how does Waldorf education deal with it?"

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Education as a Healing Agent

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by Caroline von Heydebrand
Published in Anthroposophy, #1, Volume 3, 1928 (England)

In the new teachings which Rudolf Steiner gave to those concerned with the education of children, he showed that teachers really have to administer a kind of general Therapy. He taught them to realize that everything proceeding from the spirit and soul of the teacher has an effect upon the spirit and soul of the children and can give rise to healthy life-processes or unhealthy deposits of the metabolic system. The foundations of health or disease, in short the physiological basis of the children's moral qualities and firm hold on life in the future, are thus laid by education. If, for instance, we lovingly help the little child who is learning to walk, we are laying the foundations for a healthy old age. If we force the child, if we try to make it stand upright and walk too soon, we are establishing the preliminaries of rheumatism and gouty troubles in later life. If we think untrue thoughts in the environment of children, if we speak insincerely or in foolish' baby language' to them, we are setting up incipient disorders of their breathing and digestive systems later on. And we are laying the basis of nerve troubles if, during the age when thinking is unfolding from out of speech, our actions are not consistent, if for instance, we tell the child one minute to do this and another minute to do something else.

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Education of the Will in the Crafts Lesson

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by Wolfgang Wagner
Published in the Journal, Education as an Art, Vol. 20, No. 4, Spring, 1960

He who has had the opportunity of seeing. a class of children aged 9 to 10 tackling the task of driving a row of nails into each side of a wooden frame for the purpose of weaving, has had a living experience of that force we call "the will." It is here the still unspoiled, uncurbed will for the working into matter, activity uninhibited by ideas and reflections, the potentiality of the doing whilst the teacher or adult is naturally expected to give the answers to the "What do I do?" — "How do I do it?" —It is an experience that can make you aware in a rare way of the material the child brings to us to be educated, directed and harmonized until it can become activity in thinking, the most human of our human faculties.

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Electronic Media and Waldorf Education

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by Valdemar W. Sezter

The original of this text, in Portuguese, was written in early 2016 as a new appendix for the new, 12th edition of the book by Rudolf Lanz, Waldorf Education: a path for a more humane education (Lanz, 2016, in Portuguese). My two old appendices on TV and video games, of the book's previous editions, did not consider the impact of the Internet, which has become perhaps the biggest current educational problem. Also, when I wrote them there were very few scientific papers investigating the effects of electronic media on children and adolescents; some of them are cited here.

Initially, an objective description of each device and its impacts on the user are presented. Then, specific problems they may cause are addressed, starting with two which I consider irrefutable and definitive, that is, taking them into account, one should come to the conclusion that electronic media should not be used by children and adolescents. Some other problems are then addressed, and a special section deals with the use of electronic media by children and adolescents from the point of view of Waldorf education. This section is directed to parents and teachers of Waldorf students, but also to the general public interested in knowing that distinct point of view – from my own understanding, that is, this text is by no means an official statement of Waldorf education about the questions covered here.

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