A Few Notes:
We should not only ask what a human being needs to know and is able to do for the existing social order, but first of all we should ask what a person’s foundation is and what can be developed in him, so that she can deliver a new life to the existing order…
(According to Rudolf Steiner)
A school must be built on the profound teaching of a human being as a physical, psychological and spiritual being including the transcendent dimension.
This teaching method attempts to gain the knowledge about the world and human beings through the approach of inner training, which leads the mature persons towards the freedom of their individuality. The students must find themselves, their worldview, their circle of fellow-beings and their roles in the world, through their own experience.
The task of the teacher is not to impose upon the students’ “self”, but to contribute to the formation of their means (body and soul) so that their individuality (esprit) can then freely handle and control these means. The teacher helps the students to remove their physical
and spiritual barriers and creates the conditions through which the genius can enter life uninhibited.
The most important function of the autonomous individual life of each novice in the arts is to represent and protect the area of “pure humanity” in every situation, regardless of the political and economic interests. This individual life, together with the guarantees of the free flow of information, must be protected through academic freedom.
The most important task of the school is not to provide knowledge as such, but to provide the art of teaching – why and in which way it is necessary to learn.
The aim of school is education in the sense of self-creation.
In principle, the art of education is not about a set of pedagogical methods, but foremost is about an exemplary attitude towards life.
The most important task of the art teacher is to support and socially fertilize student’s talents (not to impose on them work within a mechanistically set system of technical and economic trends). The pedagogical purpose of such a school is not to educate “programmed commercial specialists”, but universally educated people who are fully interested in the whole reality of life (thus also capable of managing their specialization).
The fundamental condition for the creative individual life is the freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
Tomas Ruller (1995)