The prophet perceives revelation, that is, the sign of the world of feelings. 1
Rudolf Steiner was the founder of and inspiration behind today's largest empire of private, non-profit education-providers apart from church-oriented schooling. The Rudolf Steiner Schools are the fastest growing enterprise in schooling in the Western world. 2 This enterprise was founded in 1919, after the First World War, and quickly became one of the most attractive alternatives to compulsory state-schooling. In post-war Germany, the Waldorf-Schulen, as they were known, were an integral part of the educational reform-movements where they were accepted as an important contribution to 'new education' irrespective of their specific Weltanschauung (Hilker 1924; Oelkers 2001). Throughout the twenties and thirties Steiner Schools were founded all over Europe, and these foundations laid the basis for today's empire. The enterprise is led from Dornach in Switzerland, the centre of power of the 'Anthroposophical Society' which operates world-wide.
The Weltanschauung of the schools is called 'anthroposophy' (wisdom of men) and consists of a system of doctrines for which Rudolf Steiner was the spiritus rector. Steiner was born and raised in Hungary. 3 He studied mathematics and science at the Technical University of Vienna from 1879 to 1883. At the age of 21 he was apppointed to edit Goethe's scientific
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Publication information: Book title: Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey. Contributors: Joy A. Palmer - Editor, Liora Bresler - Editor, David E. Cooper - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 187.
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