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]

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]

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