Teachers should provide adolescents with new perspectives, particularly by directing their attention to the world. Pupils should be encouraged to take initiative and to appreciate ideas which have an abstract and logical character. They should be encouraged to challenge attitudes and assumptions which formerly they accepted on authority and be shown how to formulate their own points of view as well as accepting that others may see the world differently. The teacher should increasingly appeal to the individual judgement of the children and should lead them gradually to the exercise of social responsibility within the context of their class community. At this age it is important for the class to experience themselves both as world citizens but also as individuals who have social responsibilities.
The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum edited by Kevin Avison and Martin Rawson