Ein Thema der Lehrplanangaben Rudolf Steiners für den Chemieunterricht der 12. Klasse der Waldorfschule
Rudolf Steiner proposed that in the twelfth school year at the Waldorf School chemistry should be taught in its most intimate connection with man. ‘It would be desirable to have an inorganic, an organic, an animal and a human chemistry.’ In this connection too, the metal processes should be covered and it should be demonstrated that all substances and processes are entirely transformed in the human being. The lead process was suggested as an example to enable some of the principles to be understood.
The educational aim can be achieved by considering the appearance and chemical behavior of a metal supported by experiments which demonstrate the processes of metal formation and dissolution so that the resulting experience can help the pupil to understand the respective processes in man. Principal aspects of the human lead process are outlined and it is shown that these aspects can be found in Goethe’s ‘Faust’ and Rudolf Steiner’s painting of Faust in the first Goetheanum.