The Global Legacy
Edited By Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley
Chapter Twenty-Six: Voices of Resistance: Positioning Steiner Education as a Living Expression of Freire’s Pedagogy of Freedom
Voices of Resistance: Positioning Steiner Education as a Living Expression of Freire’s Pedagogy of Freedom
The world becomes empty and barren, unless something can arise anew again and again from the essence of human nature—something that permeates outer perception with soul and spirit. Therefore, when we educate this way, we give the human being full freedom and vitality for the rest of life.
—RUDOLF STEINER, 1927/1997, P. 76
Voices of resistance are voices raised or expressed in resistance to unquestioningly accepting a loss of personal voice in favour of adopting the common or socially sanctioned voice. The socially sanctioned voice speaks for you, whereas the voice of resistance speaks from you. In this chapter, the voices of resistance come from young women1 who, at the time of speaking (2009), were students at a Rudolf Steiner high school in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Their voices emerge from a year of intense, regular, critical conversations, which were the substance of a phenomenological study exploring the lived (or living) experience of Steiner education. This study culminated in my doctoral thesis (Lambert, 2011) and has unfolded for the first time in the literature the experience of Steiner education through the voices of the young women students. What our study showed overwhelmingly was that these young women experienced a deep sense of belonging with school and their ← 409 | 410 → school community, and with(in) themselves. They described their educational...
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