Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

by stronged

Had a chat with Mum about Anthroposophy. She became quite outspoken all of a sudden about how the state education system has turned Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs on it’s head. She agrees with Steiner’s belief that we come into this world already knowing; Having an innate wisdom of inner morality and acceptance. The mainstream schooling system forces children to sit still on a chair in class and behave in an orderly fashion when all they want to do is run outside and experience the world.

Steiner believed that ‘A free spirit acts according to his impulses, that is, according to intuitions selected from the totality of his world of ideas by thinking.’ (Steiner, The Philosophy of Freedom, p. 162) It is up to education to nurture and encourage this independent thinking, not dictate what a children should think.