Steiner past and present
Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian-born scientist, philosopher, artist, and educator.
The first school founded by Steiner was opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. Most of the 175 students were children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory and the name ‘Waldorf’ became the description for a new way of schooling the head, hands and heart.
Interest in Waldorf education spread rapidly throughout Europe and then the rest of the world.
Studies conducted in Europe and America have shown Steiner-school graduates to be highly adaptable, confident and productive members of society. In Germany, eligibility for tertiary institutions was around 3 times higher for Waldorf graduates than other graduates; and twice that again for students who had passed their entire scholastic life within the Waldorf movement (Bonn Department of Education, Der Spiegel, 1981.)
After leaving his position of head of the Theosophical Society in Germany, Steiner established the Anthroposophical Society in 1913. Anthroposophy or ‘Spiritual Science’ sought to convey knowledge of the true nature of the human being and was born from Steiner’s belief in our spirituality.
Today, anthroposophists are putting Steiner’s ideas into practice in education, agriculture, medicine and many other fields.
Our strong governance and the stewardship of Steiner Education Australia (SEA) bodes well for the future.