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Magic moments

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, February 2017

Sacred moments sometimes occur in the life of a class. They cannot be summoned, planned or, least of all, held fast, but we can hold the door open for them and be vigilant that they don’t pass by unnoticed. What constitutes such sacred moments? [more]

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Daughter of freedom

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2016

In 1819 the Swiss educator and social reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi wrote to James Pierrepont Greaves, a British educator, socialist and mystic: “I need not remind you of the importance of music because it is able to generate and support the highest feelings of which human beings are capable.”  [more]

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Waldorf box of tricks

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, May 2016

Maria R. has four children with the eldest one starting school after the summer holidays. She has stopped work to have time for her children. [more]

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Honey of freedom

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, March 2016

2015 was a year of upheavals. [more]

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Hard currency

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, January 2016

In his Urfaust, which never progressed beyond a fragment, the German dramatist and philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing asked the spirits which was the smallest distance to be found on earth. That was, the answer came, the space between good and evil, right and wrong. [more]

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Between chaos and atrophy

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, December 2015

The monumental wooden sculpture of the “Representative of Humankind” can be seen in Dornach; Rudolf Steiner fashioned it with the sculptor Edith Maryon for the back of the stage of the first Goetheanum at the time that the first Waldorf school was established. [more]

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Courage “unliked”

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2015

On 30 June 2015 Germany’s 14-year-olds watched an average of 201 minutes of television that day, almost three-and-a-half hours. The annual average in 2014 for 15-year-olds is even higher at 291 minutes, that is almost five hours. And yes, adolescents spend even more time in front of other types of screen. But this is not about television. It is about courage. [more]

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Honour not plunder

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, October 2015

In 1863 Theodor Storm wrote his fairy tale of The Rain Maiden which tells the story of a drought whose unbearable heat not only makes the plants wither and animals die of thirst but also the humans suffer terribly. [more]

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A subsidy for security

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, September 2015

A man is writing this. That should make you at least a little bit suspicious if you continue reading because we are talking about child care subsidy, also described as a “cooker subsidy” in Germany or, as the German minister for families, Manuela Schwesig, put it, a “keep away subsidy”. [more]

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Human places

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, May 2015

“We were born in war and we will probably die in war” – words which have not left me since I heard them in November 2014 from a Waldorf pupil in the Harduf kibbutz in Israel. [more]

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