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 audience.
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 present.
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.