How education affects later life

By Michaela Glöckler, March 2012

There is hardly a lecture about education by Rudolf Steiner in which the effects of the style of education on the subsequent biography do not play a central role. It is all the more surprising that there has been little research into this subject so far. [more]


Poor children

By Henning Köhler, March 2012

A growing number of children in Germany is living in poverty. The figures vary. If we take an average, then about 2.4 million out of 13.6 million children are classed as poor. We are deemed to be poor if we fall below a threshold of 60 percent of the average monthly per capita income, so have less than 870 euros to spend. Approximate calculations suggest that the children concerned have to make do with about 200 euros per month. That will not kill anybody but is sufficient, as UNICEF has noted in its report on the situation of children in Germany, to lead to social exclusion, exclusion from cultural involvement and educational disadvantage. The poverty-related increase in chronic diseases and behavioural problems was also... [more]


Fail and learn

By Mathias Maurer, March 2012

Dear Reader, It is a paradox: we live in uncertain times today as far as questions of education are concerned. Everyone has a different understanding of what is good for themselves and their children. There is not only a boom in guides about adult learning but also about how best to educate your children. The result: insecure parents and educators create even greater insecurity in their children. In practice we experience the opposite: we see ourselves as if adults did not really need to continue educating themselves at all – and that is all the more so the higher the office (in education).  Adults are complete, they have a firm view of what needs to be done. Their biology alone might teach them something else. To fail, make mistakes or display a... [more]


Frustrated but proud. Uprising of Arab youth

March 2012

Julia Gerlach, a freelance correspondent in Cairo, read from her new book Wir wollen Freiheit. Der Aufstand der arabischen Jugend (We want freedom. The uprising of Arab youth) at the Free Waldorf School in Kiel. Thomas Müller-Tiburtius, upper school teacher of history and English, asked her about the Arab Spring and its consequences. The interview was conducted before the most recent unrest in Egypt and relates to the transformation in the Arab world in 2011, which has now continued in 2012. [more]