Progressive role

By Mathias Maurer, May 2015

Anyone who has anything to do with children can confirm that girls are different – their demeanour is different, they play quite differently to boys. But is that really an innate way of behaving or is it our pre-emancipated observation which sees these differences? [more]


Peace is hard work

By Mathias Maurer, April 2015

“Why are there still wars?” Pascal suddenly asks at breakfast. I almost choke on my cereal. For a moment I do not know what to say. [more]


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]

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