Steve Sagarin's Presentation
It was an interested group of over 50 people who heard Dr Steve Sagarin from the US last week in our Parent Education program.
It was an interested group of over 50 people who heard Dr Steve Sagarin from the US last week in our Parent Education program. Steve was stimulating and provocative as he gave an overview of what he called the Five Gifts of a Steiner-Waldorf education, which give to students an appreciation of:
• A commitment to Ideas and Ideals: this quite European concept could be best translated into the broad sense of “Spirit-inspired”: he quoted Emerson who defined spirit as “immortal, eternal, necessary, uncreated Nature”, rather than as a denominational creed.
• Developmental processes: our age-appropriate curriculum enables students to develop their learning capacities in healthy stages;
• Other ways of knowing, more than only the rational intellect: head, heart and hand are three ways of knowing that together give us a unified picture of the world;
• Social health and relationships;
• Reverence for the world, the environment and a commitment to a sustainable planet.
He talked of qualities our schools foster, and mentioned an interesting quote from Rudolf Steiner where he suggests that students coming to the first Waldorf school were the “undefined rebels of the future”: in other words, the innovators, the “cultural creatives”, the initiators of new enterprises. The world needs such new and refreshing souls more than ever: may they keep coming!