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]

Information Literacy, Publisher's View

Pulling the plug or the duty to be lazy

By Hans Hutzel, December 2022

Are you also familiar with these mostly male colleagues who, when asked for a meeting, begin by emphasising how important they think the request is, but unfortunately do not have a date free in the near future and, moreover, their weekends are also fully booked until Christmas (or summer holidays)? [more]

Information Literacy, Spotlight

The M-word in the classroom

By Mohammed Johari, December 2022

We are all called upon daily to listen sensitively into ourselves as to whether we feel or think in a racist way. And whether the language we use might be racist, even if we do not actually want it to be. This also applies to Waldorf education, where teachers are called upon to explain loaded terms in their historical context. This text by a Waldorf father is about the word “blackamoor” [German: “Mohr”], which is written out here only once and subsequently called the “M-word”.  [more]

Information Literacy, Spotlight

School in freedom

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, December 2022

The worldwide increase of autocratic governments, including in Europe, shows once more that we have to actively defend democracy, social solidarity and freedom as core elements of civil society if we do not want them to be snatched out of our hands. Freedom is neither a natural given nor a matter of course, but has to be repeatedly won and stewarded. This applies in particular to freedom in the cultural and educational sectors, without which there can be no freedom at all. [more]