The shadow self

By Mathias Maurer, July 2017

Attacks by hackers on institutions such as the German government, the banks, the German Association of Waldorf Schools, the publisher Verlag Freies Geistesleben and the editorial staff of Erziehungskunst have begun to increase severely. These institutions are having to take increasingly costly steps to protect themselves, and still they end up lagging behind because there is no such a thing as complete protection. [more]


Wondrous ways

By Mathias Maurer, May 2017

“Why do we exist at all?” my youngest asked me. Another sudden, unexpected question that brings me to a standstill. [more]


At your service!?

By Mathias Maurer, April 2017

I’ve always only really wanted to do what I want, but now I’ve got a spanner in the works: kids who always seem to get in the way. [more]


The courage of the spirit

By Mathias Maurer, March 2017

No one disputes today that we are living in an era of social difficulties, both from a personal as well as a global perspective. [more]


Making a friend of time

By Mathias Maurer, February 2017

We mostly experience time as a constraint, an opponent whom we run up against each day: getting up, breakfast, to work, school or kindergarten, shopping, lunch, doctor’s appointment, treatment, hobby, evening meal, house work ...  [more]


Force majeur?

By Mathias Maurer, January 2017

Force has many faces. It can deprive us of our freedom, but also create something new and bring about change. It always – both in good and evil – crosses boundaries, be it fasting in order quite mundanely to lose a few pounds or with superior intent for divine reward. But it can quickly lose its human face when it is used as a justification and means to bring about an ideal – in extreme form for example in self-chastising bulimia or in a bomb attack. [more]


Learning to be social

By Mathias Maurer, December 2016

People first have to learn their social skills. The young child through imitation, the school child through role models, the growing young person through ideals. [more]


Who’s actually learning here?

By Mathias Maurer, November 2016

For us, parents and teachers, the wellbeing of our children is the most important thing: that they should be able to develop in accordance with the talents they bring with them, their own individual possibilities – and not in accordance with ours. [more]


Refugee streams

By Mathias Maurer, October 2016

Five decades ago, millions of “guest workers” were recruited and contributed significantly to the German economic miracle. I don’t recall them ever representing a threat to the public order. [more]


Keeping up

By Mathias Maurer, September 2016

The boom continues unabated: ever more children are looked after for the whole day. Many Waldorf schools and kindergartens are expanding their provision: from after-school care centres, all-day schools, classes which look after the children when school is finished until their parents arrive, core hours care, “little researchers” groups, forest and nature days and solar workshops to sailing trips. [more]

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