Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher gave lectures, shortly after the First World War about the nature of man. Principle ideas concerned the three-fold.htmlects of a human being and the need to be engaged in a holistic way in all spheres of activity. These seminars were so inspiring that he was requested to lead a group of teachers in Stuttgart, Germany, to create a school based on these principles. Thus the foundations for Waldorf teaching came about. Other lectures followed to deepen the insights into the teaching of children and what was required to enable them to grow up to become true individuals with inner strength, intellectual capacity, adaptability, empathy for humanity and environment, sound judgment and will power to put ideals into practice. In short, to prepare them for life in a challenging modern world.