Whither Waldorf?, Editorial

Where is Waldorf going?

By Mathias Maurer, November 2019

It is not that easy to break away from history, tradition and habit and to get a clear view of a development that lies in the future. In this respect, thoughts about a possible future for the Waldorf school movement do not differ from those about the possible future for our children: we do not know what the future will bring us through either. [more]

Publisher's View, Freedom

Stars in the sky

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, September 2019

Have you heard of the “Democratic Voice of Youth”? It is an association of young people who have grown tired of waiting for us oldies finally to wake up. [more]

Series, Freedom

Leonore Bertalot – pioneer of the Brazilian Waldorf movement

By Nana Göbel, September 2019

When Rudolf Lanz, at the time a council member of the Escola Higienópolis school association in São Paulo, was looking for a “competent and all-round inwardly stable teacher”, he asked in many letters for support from Ernst Weißert at the German Association of Waldorf Schools. Finally, Leonore and Italo Bertalot joined the school in 1962 and supplemented the small faculty, she as a class teacher and he as an English teacher. [more]

Column

News from the AD(H)D front

By Henning Köhler, September 2015

Shortly before his death, the US psychiatrist Leon Eisen­berg, one of the “inventors” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, confessed that this was a prime example of a fabricated illness. He deeply regretted his error because the actual (mostly psychosocial) causes for the symptoms were ignored if an inherited neurochemical imbalance is assumed and methylphenidate prescribed. [more]

Early childhood, Forgiveness

Children’s drawings. A window to the world of life forces

By Raphaela Tampe, February 2018

Children’s drawings tell the story of how children unconsciously move into their body. In drawing, the small child expresses a feeling of those forces which are active in forming the body in the first seven years. Rudolf Steiner calls these biological growth forces life or etheric forces. They build, form and penetrate the physical body and the drawings of the small child are an expression of these forces. [more]

Living lessons, Freedom

Living concepts not definitions – botany in Waldorf school

By Nico Schapitz, September 2019

Teachers preparing themselves for the botany main lessons in the fifth or sixth year of school face a major task because they should follow a new approach suggested by Rudolf Steiner. [more]

Living Teachers, Learning languages

Karl Schubert – the first special needs teacher

By Tomás Zdrazil, August 2019

At the start of 1920, Emil Molt received an unusual application. The linguist Dr. Karl Schubert from Vienna was enquiring “whether I might find employment in the factory under your management, working with my hands or head …” [more]

Waldorf worldwide, Freedom

In the name of Joan of Arc

By Valeria Risi, September 2019

Visit to an Argentinean Waldorf school. [more]

Young writers, The art of teaching

You are never too small to make a difference

By Emilia Mattukat, May 2019

“You are never too small to make a difference,” said the 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in her speech “Climate justice now” at the climate conference in Poland. She was making the point that none of us are too small to change something. [more]

Spotlight, Getting digitalised

Goodbye Michael House School. The second English Waldorf school closes

By Sven Saar, June 2019

The second oldest Waldorf school in the heart of England between Derby and Nottingham will stop operating at the end of the school year. The decision, taken by the school’s trustees with a heavy heart, was notified on its website on 1 March 2019. [more]

Media, The art of teaching

Holistic foreign language teaching

By Erhard Dahl, May 2019

As long as foreign language teaching continues to be structured to address the “learning brains” of the pupils and there is no understanding that language is connected just as much with emotions and the body, it is a pleasure when books are published which adopt a holistic approach. Ulrike Sievers, an experienced Waldorf foreign language teacher, has presented such a book.  [more]

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