It is superfluous to set up programs and statutes no one can work with

I am entirely convinced that on this topic of the ideal independent school system any number of persons, be it three, seven, 12, 13 or 15, could get together and think up the most beautiful thoughts to formulate a program: firstly, secondly, thirdly — many points. These programs could be such that nothing more beautiful could be imagined.

The people who figured out these programs need not be of superior intelligence. They could, for example, be average politicians, not even that, they could be barroom politicians. They could discover 30, 40 points, fulfilling all the highest ideals for the most perfect schools, but they wouldn’t be able to do anything with it!

It is superfluous to set up programs and statutes no one can work with. One can work with a group of teachers only on the basis of what one has at hand — not on the basis of statutes — doing the best one can in the most living way.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 339 – On The Art of Lecturing: Lecture VI – 16th October 1921

Translated by Fred Paddock

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