Editorial

Rethinking school

By Mathias Maurer, December 2021

Professor Giovanni Maio, head of the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine in Freiburg, recently spoke out clearly in an interview with the newspaper Badische Zeitung (23 September 2021) about the social exclusion of people who are not vaccinated, their worse position in health care and their financial disadvantage. [more]

Editorial

The child is the curriculum

By Mathias Maurer, November 2021

Initially there was no Waldorf curriculum, only Rudolf Steiner’s suggestions. Caroline von Heydebrand summarised them for the first time in 1925, EA Karl Stockmeyer systematised them by subject in 1955. Several editions of the so-called Richter curriculum followed, which is still in constant development as a project today. The information and recommendations on the horizontal and vertical curriculum have grown over the decades into a book of over 700 pages. [more]

Editorial

An unconventional understanding of the human being

By Mathias Maurer, October 2021

Anthroposophists and friends of Waldorf are not infrequently ridiculed by the public, or indeed viewed by critics to be “pre-Enlightenment cranks” because of their worldview. Some critics say that parents, who have come to know and appreciate Waldorf education because they have experienced in their children and in themselves that it is simply beneficial, should be protected from anthroposophical indoctrination. [more]

Editorial

Wherever your journey takes you

By Mathias Maurer, September 2021

Holiday time – travel time. Some take their homes with them, others stay in standardised accommodation – only the scenery changes like the tropical wallpaper in the living room at home. And still others radically expose themselves to abroad, i.e. in the people they meet on the way or at the destination of their journey. [more]

Editorial

Beyond the crisis

By Mathias Maurer, July 2021

Among the adults, parents and teachers at Waldorf schools, the spectrum of attitudes and opinions on the pandemic measures is as diverse as it is in wider society. If this were not so, we would be living in an educational bubble and not in reality. [more]

Editorial

Clear Relationships

By Mathias Maurer, June 2021

Those who seriously want to work together must learn that their opinion is not the law – unless they are a despot or simply paying lip service to cooperation. [more]

Editorial

Snapshot

By Mathias Maurer, May 2021

At the time of writing this editorial, the schools are (still) closed: an opportunity to take another snapshot – not representative, of course – in the immediate vicinity of the sensitivities of parents, teachers and pupils. [more]

Editorial

Free spaces

By Mathias Maurer, April 2021

We start 2021 with somewhat mixed feelings. What did we wish for at New Year? What did we resolve to do? Will the New Year bring the longed-for return to normality, as it once was in 2019? What of our wishes goes beyond that?  [more]

Editorial

Between appearance and reality

By Mathias Maurer, March 2021

We were sitting at our evening meal. A time to talk about what occupied us during the day. [more]

Editorial

Actually ...

By Mathias Maurer, February 2021

... what we imagined the life of a Waldorf school to be like and what we experienced in pre-Corona times no longer happens – despite all the imaginative education we might feel called upon to develop: the risk-free personal encounter, the exchange between people without fear, the bubbly togetherness. [more]

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