Save education! Ten propositions regarding the school of the future

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, February 2012

After more than two hundred years of state control, business forms of thinking are increasingly entering the school system: efficiency and standards are the new paradigms. But what might be well-suited for industrial production is quite useless for the educational challenges of the present time. Henning Kullak-Ublick, board member of the German Association of Waldorf Schools, calls for a radically rethink of education. [more]

Early childhood

Education is more than a technique, it comes close to religion

By Philipp Gelitz, February 2012

Why do small children like so much to play? Why do adults like so much to work? Because we look for a connection with the world in every phase of life; to the material world as much as to the world if ideas – to our own inner world just as much as to the social world of the “other”. But the space for the inner connection is in danger. To create it is the primary task of education. [more]

Editorial

Leave the children in peace

By Mathias Maurer, February 2012

Dear Reader, An early start to schooling, high-powered school leaving exams, educational standards ... those are the education policies intended to make our education system cheaper and more efficient and our children more intelligent. The early years are not exempted from this development either: crèches from age 0 and early intervention to support the learning of science, plus detailed documentation intended to optimise children’s development. Education partnerships between parents and teachers threaten to turn into a false educational paradise from which the child cannot escape from the moment it is born until he or she leaves school. The keenness to educate knows no limits, fed by parental fears of not being able to live up to their hopes that “we... [more]

Publisher's View

Do what you want

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, February 2012

Why, actually, are there Waldorf schools at all? I do not mean your particular school but Waldorf schools in general? Why is there a worldwide boom in the establishment of this type of school 93 years after it was invented, a boom which is difficult to understand given the sometimes extremely hard circumstances under which Waldorf schools in many countries around the world have to operate? [more]

Waldorf worldwide

Magical India and India in the raw. Nanhi Dunya – a small world full of children

By Valentin Sagvosdkin, February 2012

Valentin Sagvosdkin was able to realise a dream: to live and work in another culture for a year. The voluntary service of the Friends of Waldorf Education made it possible. Sagvosdkin reports about his work in a school for street children working on the basis of Waldorf principles. [more]

Young writers

Methodos – a school by pupils for pupils

By Dorothée Krämer, February 2012

Waldorf pupils prepare themselves for their final exams – outside school and independently. A participant reports. [more]

Column

Icy normality

By Henning Köhler, February 2012

Every ten seconds, a child under ten dies from malnourishment. Three million children die of hunger before their fifth birthday each year. Ninety percent of these deaths do not occur from acute famine but from chronic hunger which could be prevented. [more]

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