The Power of Images

Permanence in change

By Hiltrud Kamolz, February 2023

Class teacher Hiltrud Kamolz takes great pleasure in creating the seasonal table and incorporates the seasons daily in short narratives at the beginning of class in the form of a meaningful story. The story can be entirely focused on the seasonal happening in nature and sometimes also contains a little moral lesson in pictures. [more]

The Power of Images

The image in education

By Christof Wiechert, February 2023

One of the fundamental features of Waldorf education is the work with images. Language can create images in people that remain powerful and unforgettable. Christoph Wiechert describes how parents and teachers can use them for successful education. [more]

The Power of Images

Archetypes of human existence in the course of the year

By Stefan Grosse, February 2023

The cycle of festivals of the year not only reflects astronomical events such as the solstice or the equinox. Natural events evoke soul and spiritual experiences which are expressed through pictorial narratives. Religion and class teacher Stefan Grosse explores the educational significance of these narratives. [more]

The Power of Images

Images grow with you

By Friederike Gläsener, February 2023

Friederike Gläsener explains why pictorial teaching shapes the soul and stimulates its development. Images are mobile, alive, changeable, individual and never quite finished. They create meaning, which does not diminish with growing understanding of their significance but actually increases. [more]

The Power of Images

This side and the other side of the equator

By Sven Saar, February 2023

The equator separates the northern from the southern hemisphere. At the same time, however, it also connects them with each other. What does it mean when images created in one culture are transferred to another? Do they connect or do they divide? [more]

Against the Right, Editorial

Waldorf schools: no place for Nazis!

By Angelika Lonnemann, January 2023

Some people who are politically far to the right believe that Waldorf schools would be the right schools for their children. Or that they would be the right places where they could work unimpeded as people with right-wing convictions. [more]

Against the Right

It starts at home and at school. A Waldorf culture critical of racism

By Heidi Käfer, January 2023

Next to the family, school is considered the most important place where right-wing extremism can first be prevented. What does it mean to really take responsibility, where is work urgently needed, and how can we together develop a Waldorf culture that is sensitive to bias? [more]

Against the Right

Building blocks for a diverse, anti-racist Waldorf education

By Martyn Rawson, Albert Schmelzer, January 2023

How can anti-racism be anchored in the curriculum of Waldorf education so that pupils are sensitised to exclusion and defamation? In addition to generally making empathy part of education, the authors advocate, among other things, addressing racial theories that emerged in the age of the European Enlightenment. They suggest classes nine and twelve for this, when the great ideas of freedom, equality and solidarity are also addressed. [more]

Information Literacy

Information literacy as an educational task

By Franz Glaw, December 2022

Media education in Waldorf schools ideally begins on the first day of school. For the author thinks that the anthroposophical understanding of the human being and media education are not contradictory. In his opinion, age-appropriate teaching that gradually trains the individual power of judgement must be complemented by appropriate developmental support in feeling and volition. [more]

Information Literacy

We need the ethics of communication as a school subject!

By Angelika Lonnemann, December 2022

Bernhard Pörksen, born in 1969, is professor of media studies at Tübingen University. In 2008 he was voted “Professor of the Year” and honoured for his teaching. He has researched and written about scandals, truth and lies, and communication as an art of living. Pörksen warns against the democracy-destroying way in which information flows have become polluted and pleads for a new educational campaign, which has to start with children. [more]

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