Library Lady's Corner
Entry Points: A Study Guide to Rudolf Steiner’s Study of Man
In 2003-2004, when eBooks were launched, before any test marketing or forethought, and eBook readers were “the new best thing” with Nooks and Kindles competing for the “best Christmas present of the year,” the word was that books were a thing of the past. Books were so “yesterday.” But books are holding steady. Maybe it is because reading a book holds an 85% comprehension and retention rate while reading eBooks (any screens, really), comprehension drops to 34% on average.
Book Review: Towards the Deepening of Waldorf Education October 19 2017In the 1980s and early 1990s, The Pedagogical Section Council of North America worked closely with the Pedagogical Section in Dornach, Switzerland, to develop a publication that gathered the esoteric material Rudolf Steiner gave to the Waldorf teachers in the first Waldorf school in his first training lectures and along the way at teachers’ meetings. The book was beautiful and lovingly compiled. It had a linen hard cover with gold leafing for the title.
The Seven Core Principles of Waldorf Education (Waldorf Publications, 2017, 124 pages, $24).
The Pedagogical Section Council developed the seven, essential elements that make a school truly a Waldorf school. Pedagogical Section Council members then took up elaborating on each of these principles, the essays written were published in the Research Bulletin over a couple of years, and then the essays were gathered with a few additional treatises on the principles and made into this fine book explaining what makes a Waldorf school a Waldorf school.
Collaborative Leadership May 08 2014
The Pedagogical Section Council (PSC) in its work together provides our Waldorf schools with an active model of collaborative leadership difficult to find in today’s contentious society. Together our Council members study, practice artistically, and consider meditatively the challenges and successes in our Waldorf schools.
Perhaps their deepest and most significant practice is in that of devotion. Their completely volunteer efforts include dedicated imagining of the unfolding human being into the work of Waldorf schools and the practice of Waldorf teachers in their daily consciousness. This might just be the finest gift possible to our movement on behalf of children. In collaborative leadership a model of honesty and respect creates something for children to emulate: a “horizontal leadership” from mutual recognition instead of “top-down” decision-making.