Idealism must work in the spirit of its curriculum and methodology; but it must be an idealism that has the power to awaken in young, growing human beings the forces and faculties they will need in later life to be equipped for work in modern society and to obtain for themselves an adequate living.
The pedagogy and instructional methodology will be able to fulfill this requirement only through a genuine knowledge of the developing human being.
The aims Emil Molt is trying to realize through the Waldorf School are connected with quite definite views on the social tasks of the present day and the near future.
The spirit in which the school should be conducted must proceed from these views.
What is to be the ruling spirit in this life must be aroused in the children by education and instruction.
It would be fatal if the educational views upon which the Waldorf School is founded were dominated by a spirit out of touch with life.
It is a school attached to an industrial undertaking.
The peculiar place modern industry has taken in the evolution of social life in actual practice sets its stamp upon the modern social movement.
It goes without saying that this good will should be fully appreciated.
If used properly, it can provide valuable service when gathering manpower for a social undertaking requiring new foundations.