The world is good

By Philipp Gelitz, November 2014

In the first seven years of life almost all learning occurs through the unconscious imitation of the environment. In this period imitation is the child’s main access to the world. In complete dedication children makes the unconscious assumption that the world is good. Anyone who educates children should bear that in mind. [more]

Knowledge through beauty – a pleasure

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, November 2014

Why is beauty the gateway to knowledge of the world for children in the class teacher period? Their aesthetic sensibility must be addressed with ensouled and living images and concepts so that they can obtain knowledge. [more]

What is truth? Education in upper school

By Peter Guttenhöfer, November 2014

Is it true that the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise was the “happiest and greatest event in human history”, as Friedrich Schiller wrote? Is it true that parallel lines never intersect? Or is it even more true that they do so after all, but only at infinity? Is it true that the earth is four-and-a-half billion years old? Or is it true that the human heart is a pump? [more]

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Waldorf education in Ethiopia

By Angelika Wagner, November 2014

Ethiopia is a high country in northeast Africa with a long history. Known as Punt at the time of the pharaohs and Aksum in the Roman period, this mighty empire made Christianity the state religion even before Rome and Ethiopians still have a deep connection with it. But Ethiopia also possesses the oldest Muslim community outside Mecca and Medina and, furthermore, has had a small Jewish community for thousands of years. More than 200 ethnic groups of diverse religions live together in Ethiopia today. [more]


Nettles, spots and appearances

By Mathias Maurer, November 2014

“Ow!” Julian screams blue murder. I run to him, try to console him and ask where it hurts. He points to the stinging nettles, not to the many blisters on his arms and legs. It stings. After a while he says fiercely: “They’re bad!” [more]