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Liberal arts education in the context of a Steiner-Waldorf School

Though 'liberal arts' or 'humanist' education may be understood in various ways, this page presents an overview of the range of human striving, as well as suggested classical texts, that may be found in Steiner-Waldorf education. I acknowledge that my choices celebrate a eurocentric perspective - in other places, texts that reflect similar human striving may alternatively be used.

 

Class

  

Epoch / overarching principle

  

Texts (alternatives may be used)


1

  

Fairy Tales

  

Grimms and Andersons


2

  

Celtic & Stories of Saints

  

P. Colum King of Ireland's Son; J. de Voragine Golden Legend


3

  

Old Testament

  

Tanakh


4

  

Nordic

  

Kalevala


5

  

Ancient India; Egypt; Greece

  

Ramayana; Homer Iliad


6

  

Roman Empire

  

C. Ptolemy Tetrabiblos


7

  

Mediæval Europe

  

Dante Divine Comedy


8

  

Renaissance

  

Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet


9

  

Limits & Boundaries

  

Goethe Faust


10

  

Self in light of others

  

Chaucer Canterbury Tales


11

  

Analysis

  

Chrétien de Troyes Percival or W. von Eschenbach Parzival


12

  

Synthesis

  

Steiner, R. Theory of Knowledge