Perspectives

Learning to love the “inner child”. A professional task

By Christoph Hueck, November 2017

Experiences we keep having, recurring feelings that weigh us down can frequently be ascribed to events which can be resolved. To this end the so-called “work with the inner child” is an effective psychotherapeutic method. [more]

Publisher's View, Perspectives

G20 and the life that fits

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2017

Eighty years ago Charlie Chaplin’s brilliant film Modern Times put its finger on a question which has continued to grow in importance: are we heading towards a standardised, anonymous mass society in which the individual person is degraded into a tiny cog in the machine, one interchangeable production factor among many others? [more]

Series

Music as a school for humanity

By Peter Dellbrügger, April 2014

“You always want to play first fiddle!” – “You always have to call the tune!” – “Stop blowing your own trumpet!” – “There really has to be a change of tune!” Such examples could be continued at length and they have one thing in common: they are images and expressions which describe social processes or characteristics using musical situations. [more]

Column

News from the AD(H)D front

By Henning Köhler, September 2015

Shortly before his death, the US psychiatrist Leon Eisen­berg, one of the “inventors” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, confessed that this was a prime example of a fabricated illness. He deeply regretted his error because the actual (mostly psychosocial) causes for the symptoms were ignored if an inherited neurochemical imbalance is assumed and methylphenidate prescribed. [more]

Early childhood, Perspectives

Role model and imitation

By Philipp Gelitz, November 2017

A basic educational question is how children learn. School children learn in a different way from small children. The latter cannot be reached with words, admonitions and explanations. At this age the only learning that takes place is through the role model who acts on the child primarily through actions, but also through thoughts and feelings. [more]

Living lessons

What does mathematics have to do with chickens?

By Katrin Gerboth, April 2017

The biodynamic farm Gärtnerhof Callenberg in Coburg has recently undergone expansion, giving it more space for chickens. After the first batch of eggs hatched, and while the chicks wait to find a comfortable home, the class 5 at the Coburg Rudolf Steiner School took on the responsibility of planning a coop for them.  [more]

Living Teachers, Travelling with Children

The storyteller of Bersive

By Reta Lüscher-Rieger, October 2017

Hameed Jirdo lives in the Bersive refugee camp in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. He works daily with traumatised children. Reta Lüscher-Rieger and Raphaela Ehmcke from the Friends of Waldorf Education spoke with him. [more]

Waldorf worldwide, Perspectives

Waldorf education in the world’s cultures

By Katharina Stemann, November 2017

The Waldorf movement is becoming ever more international. Worldwide there are over 1,000 schools and 1,800 kindergartens in more than 70 countries. The most recent pioneers are Myanmar, Greece and Turkey. Hence it is not surprising that for a number of years we have been occupied by the question how this system of education might look, for example, in Russia, Australia or Japan. Does it make sense to perform the Christmas plays at the height of summer in New Zealand while the sweat is dripping off the actors dressed in furs and woolly hats? [more]

Young writers, Refugees

The dark corner

By Clara Deifel, October 2016

I know they haven’t done me any harm. I know it’s not their fault. I know they’re not any different to us. I know that people who think like that are racists. And yet my heart always beats a little bit faster as I hurry past giving the “dark corner” a wide berth. [more]

Spotlight

Removing the stain of esotericism

By Leonhard Weiss, April 2017

With meanwhile more than a thousand schools, Waldorf education can now be counted as one of the most successful movements within the context of so-called progressive education. Despite this fact it remained ignored by academic education studies for decades. [more]

Media

Earth healing

By Marina N. Monteiro, November 2014

An artist, a teacher, a landscape architect, a healer, an incorrigible dreamer and visionary, a world-traveling regenerator, a craftsman who opens up blockages and brings light into matter. Johannes Matthiessen acclaims to be a little bit of all, a mixture of everything. And after reading his amazing book I could not agree more. [more]