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Millennial child
Schwartz, Eugene, 1945-
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Hudson, N.Y. : Anthroposophic Press, [1999]

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ix, 309 pages ; 24 cm
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Today's children are an endangered species. As a result of the reductionism spawned by Freud and the homogenization of the stages of human life that followed, many children seem to have lost their childhood and been thrust into the confusing and chaotic world of adults.

Eugene Schwartz presents an incisive analysis of the ways in which the errors of the first third of our century have come back to haunt us at the century's end. After carefully examining Sigmund Freud's tragic misunderstanding of childhood and tracing its consequences for today's parents and educators, the author points to the radically new paradigm of childhood development offered by Rudolf Steiner and embodied in Waldorf education.

Parents, teachers, and child psychologists will find a wealth of insight concerning such diverse subjects as the nature of play, the causes of ADHD, computers as teachers, and the power that love and imagination will have in the education of the Millennial Child.

Author Notes

Eugene Schwartz is Director of Teacher Training at Sunbridge College, Spring Valley, New York.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction / Of Time and the Childp. 1
Raising the Millennial Child
1 The 1930s and the Unfolding of Thinkingp. 13
The Biography of an Error: Part Ip. 17
2 The 1960s and the Unfolding of Feelingp. 29
The Biography of an Error: Part IIp. 61
3 The 1990s and the Unfolding of the Willp. 69
The Biography of an Error: Part IIIp. 85
Understanding the Millennial Child
4 Childhood Lost: ADHD, a Challenge of Our Timesp. 101
5 Childhood Regained: A Curriculum That Meets the Challengep. 144
Educating the Millennial Child
6 The Child from Three to Sevenp. 155
The Waldorf Kindergartenp. 161
Toys and the Willp. 163
From Playing to Thinkingp. 167
7 The Child from Seven to Fourteenp. 175
Between Seven and Fourteenp. 179
8 A New School for a New Millenniump. 204
The Class Teacherp. 204
Roots and Leavesp. 213
The Main Lesson Bookp. 228
The Community of Teachersp. 232
The Role of Parentsp. 238
9 The Schooling of the Willp. 246
Handwork and Intellectual Developmentp. 248
From Hero to Historyp. 257
The Class Playp. 273
The Arts in Educationp. 283
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 297