Series, Getting digitalised

Francis Edmunds. A Waldorf pioneer in the English-speaking world

By Nana Goebel, June 2019

Francis Edmunds (1902 – 1989) grew up in Lithuania in a Russian-Jewish family and spent his adolescence and student years in England, Russia, Lebanon and Switzerland. He brought with him the intense attentiveness towards other people from the east of Europe and an incredible cosmopolitanism and breadth of interest from all the other locations. [more]

Spotlight, Getting digitalised

Goodbye Michael House School. The second English Waldorf school closes

By Sven Saar, June 2019

The second oldest Waldorf school in the heart of England between Derby and Nottingham will stop operating at the end of the school year. The decision, taken by the school’s trustees with a heavy heart, was notified on its website on 1 March 2019. [more]

The art of teaching

Artistic aspects in the class teacher’s lessons

By Claus-Peter Röh, May 2019

The goal of all education is to bring the soul and spiritual core of our being, which we bring along with us, into harmony with the developing physical body. But how can human qualities such as empathy, imagination, the creative drive and discovery of meaning be established and developed in education? [more]

Living Teachers, The art of teaching

Playgrounds are society’s declaration of bankruptcy

May 2019

Bernhard Hanel is a former pupil of the Uhlandshöhe Waldorf School in Stuttgart. He comes from a Waldorf family, his father was involved in founding the Michael Bauer School and taught the first remedial class. Together with Robin Wagner he set up the company “KuKuk – Spiel- und Sinnesräume” which develops, plans and constructs experience-, play- and outdoor-scapes for people of all ages and which is meanwhile turning over six million euros per year with projects in all parts of the world. But that is not all. [more]

Young writers, The art of teaching

You are never too small to make a difference

By Emilia Mattukat, May 2019

“You are never too small to make a difference,” said the 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in her speech “Climate justice now” at the climate conference in Poland. She was making the point that none of us are too small to change something. [more]

Waldorf worldwide, The art of teaching

Friedrich Oehlschlegel – a Waldorf teacher from day one

By Tomás Zdrazil, May 2019

On the first day of school at the Uhlandshöhe Free Waldorf School in Stuttgart on 18 September 1919, twenty-eight expectant class 6 pupils were sitting in their tiny classroom under the eaves of the converted Waldorf school building. [more]

Series, The art of teaching

Anatoly Pinsky. A Russian Waldorf teacher and politician

By Nana Goebel, May 2019

Anatoly Pinsky (1956–2006) is one of the most important pioneers of Waldorf education in Russia. He grew up as the son of a physics professor and as a young man studied physics and mathematics at the Institute of Education in Moscow along with theory of science and philosophy. [more]

Media, The art of teaching

Holistic foreign language teaching

By Erhard Dahl, May 2019

As long as foreign language teaching continues to be structured to address the “learning brains” of the pupils and there is no understanding that language is connected just as much with emotions and the body, it is a pleasure when books are published which adopt a holistic approach. Ulrike Sievers, an experienced Waldorf foreign language teacher, has presented such a book.  [more]

Media, The art of teaching

Big Brother says hello

By Dirk Wegner, May 2019

For some time now, newspaper articles have told us regularly how we can and should protect our personal data effectively when we use Internet services.  [more]

Editorial

Artificial or artistic?

By Mathias Maurer, May 2019

Art plays a big role in Waldorf education. As early as kindergarten, and then from class 1 onwards there is drawing, painting, clay modelling, singing and dancing; there are the classic craft subjects such as handwork, woodwork, hammering copper, bookbinding, forging and, finally, music, eurythmy, drama, circus skills and much else. [more]

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