Hardly a week passes when I am not asked about our educational philosophy. What people are really asking is for ideas to help them make sense of the feedback they are receiving from their child’s school. A system of feedback that has at its flawed center, a method of educating children for a vocation. Rudolf Steiner was speaking about this issue in 1923, and it is truer today than ever.
When our family was introduced to this philosophy of education, we were met with the idea that allows children to learn through the practical art of play, storytelling, the arts, nature, and cooking, all guided by a teacher who first and foremost sees them as a human being.
A human being with gifts that will arise when they reach the level of maturity needed to work with them. A human being who is celebrated for merely being a part of a community, not based on a median score on a test. A human being who is not only allowed to play but is encouraged to live in the imagination for as long as they can and awaken naturally to the noisy modern world. A human being who feels the love and acceptance of wherever they are in their development from teachers who craft experiences and activities for their class based on their developing connection. A human being who is there to mirror back to us lessons we need to learn.
As we wrap up school around the country, I would encourage you to take some time to appreciate the practical arts of everyday living. If you have children or grandchildren, spend time cooking with family, walking in nature, tilling the earth, reading poetry, or listening to music. It is the pure magic of connecting with ourselves every day that has the most significant rewards.