Waldorf sustainability

How sustainable is the Waldorf curriculum?

By Christian Boettger, June 2020

Book fair in Leipzig: on occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the Waldorf school movement in 2019, there was a large stand at which, among other things, a short presentation was given each day on the subject: “What does Waldorf education mean today”. On one of the days I fell into conversation with some people attending the fair on the question as to what extent the current topic of sustainability comes up in the Waldorf curriculum, and if it does, how Waldorf goes about getting its pupils to live and act accordingly. [more]

Waldorf sustainability

Still some room for improvement. Snap poll on the subject of sustainability

By Mathias Maurer, June 2020

We used a snap poll to get a picture of what the German Waldorf schools are (already) doing with regard to sustainability. That includes aspects of the running of the school, energy management, nutrition, architecture (conversions/new builds/building materials), lessons (subjects and practice placements) and public relations work (guiding principles). The questionnaire went to all German Waldorf schools and they only had just under four weeks to respond to twenty-one questions. Twenty-nine Waldorf schools responded – thank you. Here is a provisional result which makes no claim to being representative. [more]

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Maschsee European environmental school

By Jörg Bürmann-Janssen, June 2020

The Hanover-Maschsee free Waldorf school is one of the oldest Waldorf schools in Germany. Sustainability was a principle guiding its actions from the beginning, long before the concept became a political buzzword. But what does sustainability mean in 2020? What are the expectations of pupils, teachers and parents when they look at the subject in the time of Greta and the “climate crisis”? [more]

Waldorf sustainability

A school kitchen fit for grandchildren

By Barbara Horwedel, June 2020

Cooking today so that no one starves tomorrow. [more]

Publisher's View

About life in action

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, June 2020

Are we yet sufficiently machine-compliant? Do we educate our children with the necessary rigour to adapt to the requirements of a world which is increasingly being controlled by machines? Do we teach them early enough to see this world as their actual home? Do we educate them in good time to synchronise their life with artificial intelligence? Are we really doing everything we can so that they function optimally and are not left behind in the battle for the remaining well-paid jobs? [more]

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Doing change – the story of Sonomotors

By Jona Christians, June 2020

Former Waldorf pupils develop an innovative electric car, set up a startup company and seek a new way of community funding. [more]

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Seeing black misses the point. The crisis in English Waldorf schools

By Sven Saar, June 2020

It is meanwhile clear to everyone involved that the precarious situation of the Waldorf schools in England – things are different in Scotland and Wales – cannot be laid at the door of a brutal and authoritarian state system alone. The control addiction of the authorities runs through the whole of British society in hospitals, kindergartens and local authorities, but it is not the sole reason for the fragility of the Waldorf impulse. [more]

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The virus: war and peace. Notes on corona

By Ute Hallaschka, June 2020

“Nous sommes en guerre!” We are at war – the words of the French president in his address to the nation summon up resistance, literally. What we need now is empathy, solidarity and responsibility says the German chancellor in her speech. Both are probably true. Yet the enemy is invisible, lives within us. [more]

Editorial

Climate matters

By Mathias Maurer, June 2020

Before expecting others to do something, we could, if we wanted, start with ourselves – and right away. For example in protecting the environment, sustainability, reducing plastic waste, the use of resources and energy, CO2 emissions, food... [more]

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