Whither Waldorf?, Editorial

Where is Waldorf going?

By Mathias Maurer, November 2019

It is not that easy to break away from history, tradition and habit and to get a clear view of a development that lies in the future. In this respect, thoughts about a possible future for the Waldorf school movement do not differ from those about the possible future for our children: we do not know what the future will bring us through either. [more]

Editorial, Freedom

Freedom is possible

By Mathias Maurer, September 2019

Freedom can be experienced in different ways. On the one hand this is due to the fact that one person’s freedom need not necessarily be shared by another person, indeed, may even be experienced as a lack of freedom. On the other hand, there are various levels of the human being which determine the way that the experience of freedom comes to expression. [more]

Learning languages, Editorial

Listen and speak

By Mathias Maurer, August 2019

It still works with adults, not just with children – I have tried it out myself: listen closely, repeat what you have heard – the meaning appears later by itself. [more]

Editorial

Hidden effect

By Mathias Maurer, July 2019

As the weather grows warmer again, more skin and muscle are also on show once more. Remarkable how many people in this country are discreetly or assertively wearing tattoos and piercings – across generations and social class. [more]

Editorial, Getting digitalised

What educates a person?

By Mathias Maurer, June 2019

The so-called digital pact to promote digital learning in German schools has been agreed. The billions are flowing. The future of education is safe. The digital classroom is intended not just to make pupils compatible with Industry 4.0 but at the same time to put an end to teacher shortages and problems with learning. [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]

Editorial

A clothes dryer for Mr Dula

By Mathias Maurer, April 2019

There are certain beliefs as to what drives our economic life. All of them are irrational – not a basis on which we generally think economic decisions are taken.  [more]

Editorial

Dare to trust

By Mathias Maurer, February 2019

Trust is a gift of love. If it is not given unconditionally, there is no love, no trust. It is nothing less than educational betrayal to say: “You first have to earn my trust.” Trust is not something that can be traded! [more]

Editorial

Not for egotists

By Mathias Maurer, January 2019

Rudolf Steiner referred to many ways of meditative practice that are true to life. But he also stressed: do not take any step in obtaining knowledge of hidden truths without taking three steps in improving your character for the better. [more]

Editorial

Looking away

By Mathias Maurer, December 2018

Nothing but these shoes, nothing but this brand, nothing but this model! Nothing but these trousers, nothing but this top, nothing but this jacket! [more]

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