Why work placements in Waldorf schools?

By Christian Boettger, September 2014

The doctor of political philosophy, Matthew B. Crawford, was for a time the director of a think tank in Washington, then changed to a manual job and became a motorcycle mechanic. In his book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (2009) he describes how important it is particularly for young people to come to a deeper understanding of life in its various contexts through manual, independent activity. Crawford shows that rationality, creative ability, moral aspects of perception, community feeling and attentive judgement can be supported and learnt by working in a trade. [more]

Hunting goats. Farming work placement on an alp in Ticino

By Linus Entringer, September 2014

A farming work placement can take many different forms – from working on a large Demeter farm with luscious land under cultivation to the sparse, herby aromatic mountain world of an alp – everything is possible. Linus Entringer decided in favour of the latter: he milked cows and goats which first had to be found and made cheese which had to be transported down into the valley by helicopter. A report from a completely different world. [more]

Never lose hope. Social placement in the Athens Paraplegic Centre

By Ilias Iliadis, September 2014

Every pupil in a Waldorf school undertakes a social work placement in class 11. Pupils decide whether they will go to a kindergarten, a hospital or an institution for people with disabilities. Ilias Iliadis decided to go to an Athens institution for stroke victims. [more]

Almost like being there. Work placements and parents

By Ute Hallaschka, September 2014

The scar will remain for the rest her life. Every summer, as her skin goes brown, this little whit spot remains. It comes from the social placement. A pane of glass had broken. I no longer remember the exact circumstances, only the seconds of worry on the telephone. But my child immediately reassured us: she had been at the doctor, tetanus injection, everything alright. We shouldn’t make such a fuss. Come home? Of course not! [more]

Early childhood

Neglect with baubles on

September 2014

Albert Wunsch, education researcher and psychologist, has caused controversy equally among parents and in the media with his books, lectures and interviews. What happens when love turns into surveillance and caring leads to lack of independence? How can we create the necessary free space? [more]

Living Teachers

Electric rebel and terracotta soldier

By Holger Grebe, September 2014

Noncompliance, Short Circuit, Sponger or First Mud are the names of the projects with which the action artist and former Waldorf pupil Pablo Wendel irritates – and delights –his audience. Since his appearance in 2006 as one of the 1,000 life-sized “terracotta soldiers” of the first emperor of China in Xi’an, he has also become familiar to a wider public in Germany. Pablo is less well known as an education artist. [more]

Waldorf worldwide

A niche in decreed happiness. The first Waldorf school in Venezuela

By Thomas Wildgruber, September 2014

A group of parents in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, intends to go public with the idea of a Waldorf school. There is currently a debate in the universities about “the return of humanism in education”. So the time is right and I travelled to Venezuela in the autumn of 2013 to support this impulse. [more]

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International Masters Programme in Stuttgart

By Peter Lutzker, September 2014

From 2015, an international postgraduate course in English for class and subject teachers will be offered for the first time at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart teacher training college. This accredited MA course is financed exclusively through generous donations from a series of foundations as well as through student fees. [more]

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The right to education. 25 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

By Olivia Girard, September 2014

“The education of the child shall be directed to the development of the child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential.” UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 [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]