Waldorf education was developed in Europe by Rudolf Steiner, 谁是伟大的梦想家, 教育家和科学家. He was adept at observing the developing child. His goal in education was to nurture artistically, spiritually and intellectually the highest potential in each child. 课程, style of teaching and incorporation of the arts into each subject are the things that set Waldorf education apart. With great insight, care and concern Steiner developed Waldorf education. The Latin educare (the root of our word for education) means to “bring forth.” Steiner said, “Education is an art—it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, the heart and the will must be reached as well as the mind.” In a Waldorf School competence is stressed, as every child is taught they can be an artist, 一个科学家, 一个作家, 一个园丁, 一个木匠, 数学家或以上所有人. Individuals may blossom at different times and with differing intensity, but the ability is there.