Editorial

Freeing the mind

By Mathias Maurer, November 2020

We don’t place our trust in anything much anymore today – and certainly not in our common sense and experience of life – if it hasn’t been rubber stamped by science, empirically backed up and based on facts. [more]

Editorial

Igniting the spirit

By Mathias Maurer, October 2020

Adolescence is a time of transition – it turns the world on its head in order to give birth to the “inner human being”. The impetus for action should come not from outside but from within the person. But everything of an intellectual nature, all “rigidified, objective science which encompasses what is dead” – as Steiner says – thrusts a “stake into the heart” of youthful vitality. [more]

Editorial

Crafts and art

By Mathias Maurer, September 2020

Everyone knows it – school practitioners, educational theorists, brain researchers, indeed entrepreneurs confirm it: the “creative forces of aesthetics”, the “emotional boost of artistic expression” belong to the basic prerequisites of education. [more]

Editorial

Stress test

By Mathias Maurer, July 2020

We look back on unusual weeks at the service public health. The restrictions on our freedoms as a result of the battle against the coronavirus are, looked at historically, not unique – except for the closure of the churches – but the enemy and setting have changed. [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]

Editorial

Deus in machina

By Mathias Maurer, May 2020

The philosopher Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) wrote in his famous Oration on the Dignity of Man: “You yourself shall determine your [nature] without any restriction and limitation as you see fit. [...] We have created you neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that you by yourself, as your own creative fashioner, may give yourself the form you desire by your free and honourable choice. You may degenerate into brute bestiality; but you may also be reborn to something higher, to the divine if your soul thus resolves.” [more]

Editorial

Bag of lies

By Mathias Maurer, March 2020

Do you know the story of the man who gathered up all the lies and put them in a sack so that people only ever told one another the truth from then on? People’s life together became so loveless, hard and unbearable that the man quickly opened the sack and let the lies go again. [more]

Editorial, Transitions

Changing matter

By Mathias Maurer, February 2020

Henry sits listlessly at his desk. He displays no interest in the history lesson whatsoever. Suddenly he sits up: how can it be that this despot came to power? [more]

Editorial, Who educates whom?

Misunderstanding

By Mathias Maurer, January 2020

We’re all familiar with it, be it at home, in class or in the car: loud, arguing children, hitting and scratching one another, screaming and shouting as they climb over tables and benches, ignoring all instructions, and, to cap it all, answering back. [more]

Editorial, Threefoldness

Three things

By Mathias Maurer, December 2019

Threefoldness is a structural principle of living things. No development would be possible without a third element, everything would rigidify in polarities. [more]

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