Appealing freedom?

By Mathias Maurer, March 2015

What would education be without freedom – and without trust in the future? For all our forecasting we are no clairvoyants, for it lies in the nature of human freedom that people act unpredictably. If everything went to plan we would not develop and nothing new would ever enter the world. [more]


Love is

By Mathias Maurer, February 2015

“What a stupid idea!” Everyone has heard those words or a variation on them, or has used them themselves: teachers, parents, young people ... For someone else’s ideas can really be quite annoying. [more]


Creeping loss

By Mathias Maurer, January 2015

On the way to school: Jan briefly checks his emails once more, bumps into a passerby as he rushes to the underground, misses the stop where he intended to get off ... isn’t there an app to alert you that will play a jingle? Jan quickly posts a message where he will be at lunchtime, perhaps there’s time to meet for a burger.  [more]


Hands at work

By Mathias Maurer, December 2014

Paul is working on embroidering his bag. Tirelessly the needle goes in and out stitching crosses with threads in a variety of colours. He is perspiring slightly, his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth as his fingers with the needle carefully seek the correct place for the next stitch – the commendable effort of will from this class 4 pupil cannot be overlooked. It continues for one-and-a-half hours. [more]


Nettles, spots and appearances

By Mathias Maurer, November 2014

“Ow!” Julian screams blue murder. I run to him, try to console him and ask where it hurts. He points to the stinging nettles, not to the many blisters on his arms and legs. It stings. After a while he says fiercely: “They’re bad!” [more]


Art creates meaning

By Mathias Maurer, October 2014

Art does not linger and requires time. Art demands commitment – from the artist and the recipient. Art is pure action brought to a surface, into a space, material, colour, sound, into the word. [more]


Fury und Pixie

By Mathias Maurer, September 2014

They returned as changed people. Once again they had been on their work placements. I had experienced it several times before. It was as if they had taken a leap forward, had become more mature, bigger, more grown up.  [more]


Little and big architects

By Mathias Maurer, July 2014

Sven is building a cave with Lara. Sheets, chairs, clamps, string, rope, cushions and blankets – everything is put to use. It is very quiet in the cave and really rather comfy. The children imitate through play – recalling things – and also express through play what lifts them up but also what weighs them down. They express what they have assimilated, breaking it down into fragments and roles, rebuilding and changing it. [more]


A need to connect

By Mathias Maurer, June 2014

It was about something greater. The first Waldorf school set out its stall as an “Association for a free school system” – not as the provincial alternative in an educational niche. We can thank an anthroposophical entrepreneur for its establishment. What Emil Molt wanted above all for the children of the workers in his “Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Factory” was education – and by that he envisaged an education which was independent of state and business interests and influence. [more]


Just imagine

May 2014

Dear Reader! Thomas Südhof is a professor at Stanford University in the USA and received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013. Südhof is a former Waldorf pupil. In an interview, he spoke about his time at the Waldorf school in Hannover-Maschsee and vividly recalled the impression left by the stories told by his then class teacher who, as a geographer, had spent winters in Spitsbergen. That happened fifty years ago and Südhof still vividly remembers those descriptions. Nothing has a more sustained action than pictures – both good and bad. They remain in our memory fresh as a daisy even many years later. They can place a burden on us or lift us up, nourish or weaken us. We carry them through life, they mark us and influence our actions. If we once told on... [more]

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