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The threat to the I through 3D images

By Ludger Helming-Jacoby, May 2014

The film industry is promising us a completely new experience with “three-dimensional” films. “The 3D world is turning at breathtaking speed. What appeared impossible only a short while ago has already arrived in the home cinema” (3D-Welt magazine). [more]

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Are former Waldorf pupils healthier?

By Christoph Hueck, February 2014

Waldorf education puts a particular emphasis on the healthy development of children and adolescents. Rudolf Steiner repeatedly pointed out that the predisposition for health or illness is created in school – also as regards later life. This question has now been investigated in a comprehensive empirical study which shows that throughout their life former Waldorf pupils suffer from various disorders and illnesses significantly less than people who did not attend a Waldorf school. [more]

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Teacher and pupils at Waldorf schools are more happy

May 2013

A new study by Dirk Randoll, professor of education at Alanus University, investigates the job satisfaction of teachers at Waldorf schools. The results: teachers at Waldorf schools have a higher level of job satisfaction than their colleagues at mainstream schools. One reason for this is the collegial management, which allows the individual teachers the opportunity to help shape the school. A further study on "Educational experiences at Waldorf schools" from the perspective of pupils, also published by Professor Randoll together with Professor Heiner Barz and Sylvia Liebenwein (both form the University of Düsseldorf), reaches the conclusion that pupils at Waldorf schools are healthier, more motivated to learn, more confident and are less stressed by school than pupils at mainstream schools. [more]

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Doing what’s necessary. Biography rescues the founder of the first Waldorf school, Emil Molt, from obscurity

By Mathias Maurer, December 2012

There would be no Waldorf schools without the entrepreneur Emil Molt (1876-1936). Through his activities he preserved the “spirit” of the Waldorf school and became the real founder of a worldwide school movement. It was Molt who asked Rudolf Steiner to take over as educational director of a school for the children of his workers. In doing so, Molt risked everything – and almost lost everything. [more]

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Brainy brain structures

By Thomas Marti, September 2012

Brain research is currently booming and has become the new faith. Wherever the prophets of this new revelation appear – on television, in lecture halls, in books or newspaper interviews – they can expect a large audience and a community of believers. But is what they reveal to us tenable? [more]

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Generation porno?

By Thomas Müller-Tiburtius, June 2012

Let me say one thing in advance: my favourite educational themes are others! But as a teacher I stumble across the subject of pornography and sexuality in school almost on a weekly basis. [more]

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Waldorf education in Silicon Valley

May 2012

At the end of October 2011, an article appeared on the front page of the New York Times about a Waldorf school in Silicon Valley, the Californian centre of the software and computer industry, which provoked a major response in the American media landscape. The school has many parents who work in high-tech industry. What makes it different is that it refuses to use precisely those technologies with which the parents earn their money. The parents think that is a good thing. Erziehungskunst spoke with David Mitchell from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America about the reasons for this strong response.  [more]

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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]

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Occupy Mammon. The end of the competitive economy

By Wilhelm Neurohr, January 2012

The worldwide actions in the crises of the present time show that increasing numbers of young people want to take responsibility for economic and political events. All people in the world community are dependent on one another by destiny. Social imagination and competence is in demand to restructure conditions on the basis of solidarity. [more]

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