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]


Simon’s look

By Mathias Maurer, August 2016

Simon sits on his mother’s lap and is eagerly following what is happening on the stage at the monthly gathering; he watches a eurythmy piece performed by upper school pupils. This is followed by an English poem. At this point he asks quietly: “Mummy, when will the angels come back?” – “What angels?” – “The ones from before, the kings with the lovely clothes.” [more]


Speaking role model

By Mathias Maurer, July 2016

Frederick II (1194–1250) wanted to discover the original language of humanity. The following experiment is attributed to him: he gave newborn children to nurses who fed and cared for them but did not speak to them. All the children died. [more]


Do you believe in God?

By Mathias Maurer, June 2016

Sundays offer a special opportunity: a time for talking. [more]

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