This course of nine lectures was given by Doctor Rudolf Steiner at
Mansfield College, Oxford, in August, 1922, three years after the
foundation of the Waldorf School. It is the first of the three courses
of lectures on education given by Rudolf Steiner for an English
Mrs. Millicent Mackenzie, at that time professor of Education at
University College, Cardiff, was an active member of the committee who
promoted the conference and she took the chair throughout these
lectures. Principal L. P. Jacks, then head of Manchester College, gave
an address of welcome to Dr. Steiner at the opening of the conference.
Mr. H. A. L. Fisher, then Minister of Education (to whose message Dr.
Steiner refers in Lecture II) had signified his intention to be
The colloquial style has been retained in translation since, although
Steiner would no doubt have revised the MS. for publication, it seems
less presumptuous to leave in what he might have left out than to risk
leaving out what he might have left in.