Again. Waldorf education is not aimed at teaching the child the knowledge and skills he needs. It aims at influencing his entire life in the most unexpected ways. It’s not just education, in the way we normally think of it. Here’s a case in point. Michaela Glöckler, MD and leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, writes in waldorf journal Erziehungskunst about how the education and the teacher can affect a child’s health much later in life, even in the second half of life, during the ‘excarnation’ process. Well, sure, teachers and education do impact on a person’s life. What is slightly astounding is how. Research shows, Glöckler writes:
• that a choleric and aggressive educational style increases the predisposition in later life to suffer from cardiovascular diseases,
• that a phlegmatic teacher habitually produces boredom among pupils which later shows itself in a tendency towards nervosity,
• that in lessons a sanguine teacher increases the tendency among pupils to have little vigour in later life as he always calls for action and sets tasks the success of which he does not, however, check or monitor because the set task had already escaped his consciousness or he has already moved on to something else,
• that the melancholic with his weighed down attitude and the tendency to moralise and “appeal to the conscience” produces a trend in the second half of the biography of digestive and metabolic disorders. Such an educational style makes it more difficult to process impressions with the necessary ease on the one hand and fully enough on the other.
She also discusses effects over multiple lifetimes.