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Eugene Schwartz has worked with all stages of life, from the young child to the elderly and the dying. He began his teaching career by adapting the Waldorf schools' curriculum to educate a group of handicapped and emotionally disturbed adolescents, after which he became a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. After many years of service to Green Meadow, Eugene is now works worldwide as an educational consultant and lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.

KTAO Radio Interview with Eugene Schwartz in conjunction with his visit to the Taos Country Day School
November 21, 2008
(30:10) KTAO (109.9 FM) operates the most powerful solar radio transmitter in the world. Blessed with almost endless sunlight, this little radio station reaches a wide audience in the Southwest, and serves as a source of progressive thinking and earth-conscious values. Eugene was interviewed by the station’s owner shortly before he was to give a lecture on Waldorf education at a nearby art gallery.

Discussion with Waldorf School Parents
(1:11:36) A Lecture Given at the Highland Hall Waldorf School December 5, 2008
Highland Hall, a large and vibrant Waldorf school, draws much of its student body from Los Angeles, the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Not surprisingly, media issues figure large in this discussion, but Eugene’s responses to these and a number of other questions, are often surprising.

Lectures below will appear later.

Waldorf Education in the Twenty-First Century
(1:40:07) Lecture Given at the Washington Waldorf School March 20, 2009
The Education of the Child, Rudolf Steiner’s first educational lecture, was given over 100 years ago. Has Waldorf education kept pace with the almost incomprehensible changes that have occurred since that lecture was given? Are Waldorf schools prepared for the growing numbers of children diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, or even mental illness? How will the growth of the Waldorf public school movement affect the independent Waldorf schools? What steps must Waldorf teachers take to keep their schools relevant and even ahead of the ever-changing times in which we live? These are some of the issues Eugene Schwartz explores in this comprehensive lecture.

From a Part to the Whole
(1:23:39) A Lecture Given by Sarah Nelson and Eugene Schwartz at the Vancouver Waldorf School
February 25, 2009
The three “sections” of the Waldorf school -- the Nursery/Kindergarten, the Grade School, and the High School are quite different from one another, yet there are myriad threads that weave them together. Sarah Nelson, an experienced KG and class teacher from the Vancouver Waldorf School, speaks about the transition from the kindergarten years to the primary school, and explores the profound changes that the child goes through in the first four grades. Eugene Schwartz, a former class teacher and Waldorf consultant, picks up the thread and describes the child’s growth and transformation from grade five through twelve, and the ways in which the Waldorf curriculum keeps pace with those changes.

Topics include, the biological imperative and dark will, creative will, manas and buddhi, prudence, jurisprudence and motive, desire transformed into the wish to do better, petitionary prayer, affirmation, worry, hygienic prayer, prayers of protection, praying for enemies, dissolving dark intent, protection is a subtle art, amending prayer.

Raising Balanced Children in an Unbalanced World
(1:55:02) A Lecture Given at the Whistler Waldorf School March 2, 2009
Even as the invention of the incandescent light bulb rendered us independent of the rhythms of day and night, the thermostat and air conditioner liberated us from the dictates of the four seasons, and cars and planes can make our limbs almost irrelevant. While these miracles of modern life have contributed to the unfolding of adult freedom, they are not necessarily beneficial to children, who tend to do best when they are connected to regular alternations of light and darkness, cold and warmth, and movement and rest. The link between the unbalanced nature of modern life and the learning problems and behavioral challenges we find in our children may be more than coincidence. In tonight’s lecture we will explore the ways in which parents and teachers may re-establish healthy balance in the lives of their children -- and their own.

 New Paradigms of Parenting
(1:42:39) Lecture Given at the Waldorf School of Princeton May 1, 2009
The paradigm of parenting in America changed profoundly when millions of mothers joined the workforce in the last third of the twentieth century. At the same time, rising divorce rates led to the growth of single-parent families. Waldorf schools rose to the occasion, developing new programs and strengthening the community-building quality of their education. In the first third of this new century, the paradigm is changing again. A dramatic rise in adoption, increasing numbers of gay and lesbian parents, and new methods of fertilization and impregnation are altering traditional models of birth and parenthood. Eugene faces these issues and discusses their ramifications for the future of Waldorf education.

Green Science: How Waldorf Schools Nurture Sustainability
(1:18:55) A Lecture Given at the Novato Charter School March 10, 2009
Since the first Waldorf schools opened their doors nearly ninety years ago, they have been teaching “green” science. It is no coincidence that Rudolf Steiner, the originator of Waldorf education, also developed Biodynamic agriculture, the first systematic approach to organic sustainability, and founded Weleda, the world’s first “natural cosmetic” company. From nursery/kindergarten through the high school years, the Waldorf science curriculum was – and is – far ahead of its time in fostering a love for the natural world that is being studied and an insight about the profound links between the earth and humanity. Eugene Schwartz draws upon his 25 years’ experience as a class teacher to share the ways in which such science lessons prepare a young person to be effective in facing today’s environmental challenges.

Of Prophets and Profits: Navigating Otto Scharmer’s Theory U
(1:43:56) Lecture Given at Anthroposophy NYC May 22, 2009
In this lecture, the third in a series entitled “Steiner & Sons,” Eugene explores the organizational theories of Otto Scharmer, an MIT professor and renowned corporate consultant whose roots lie in Anthroposophy. Navigating a clear course through the complexities of Scharmer’s demanding language and concepts, Eugene relates contemporary corporate life and its challenges to the ancient Mysteries and links modern businessmen to pre-Christian Initiates finding their way in a world of entirely new conditions. Scharmer’s “futuristic” approach, when seen in the light of Rudolf Steiner’s cosmology, is presented as a harbinger of Michaelic transformation.

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