Violence

Climbers not among them. Violence as the search for boundaries

By Mathias Wais, January 2017

Violence has many causes. One of them is the increasing loss of respect as the result of a lack of setting and experiencing boundaries. Mathias Wais, who has worked for 30 years as an educational counsellor, desdribes why boredom can lead to violence. [more]

Publisher's View, Essential Waldorf

Daughter of freedom

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2016

In 1819 the Swiss educator and social reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi wrote to James Pierrepont Greaves, a British educator, socialist and mystic: “I need not remind you of the importance of music because it is able to generate and support the highest feelings of which human beings are capable.”  [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, How to become social

Royal children. The meaning of the final kindergarten year

By Philipp Gelitz, December 2016

The last kindergarten year is of special educational importance. [more]

Living lessons, Violence

Who’s the real newcomer? Experiences with a class of lateral entrants

By Axel Rose, January 2017

Those periods when the invisible points which determine the path of our life are reset to indicate a new direction for a person are similar to musical improvisation. The apparent chance encounter or experience often appears, looking back, to follow the inner logic of a person’s destiny. [more]

Living Teachers, Violence

Making anthroposophy and Waldorf education academically accessible

January 2017

Interview with Jost Schieren, professor of Waldorf education at Alanus University in Alfter/Bonn. [more]

Waldorf worldwide, Violence

Magic moments. The international eurythmy project “What moves you” in Berlin

By Christian Boettger, January 2017

At the end of the performance of “Magic Moments - What moves You” on 27 August 2016 in the Komische Oper in Berlin there was rapturous applaus and a standing ovation for the 70 young people from a total of 18 countries throughout the world, the orchestra – the Gnessin Virtuosi Moscow – and the colleagues in the artistic direction.  [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, After-school care

Vaccination – yes and no

By Stephanie Sieburg, September 2016

I carried my daughter, then eight months old, in a baby sling. I breast fed her until she was seven months old – exclusively. She is a healthy, happy and sparkling child. Today we have an information meeting about vaccination. I am sitting with my daughter in the waiting room and am nervous. I have a vague feeling of uncertainty. [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]