Dispatches from the International Waldorf Press
Being a teacher not only involves professional and technical knowledge, but imagination and fantasy, unbridled interest in the world, and especially the courage to explore new things together with the children. Only those who love the world can reach children.
April 23, 1919:
The First World War is over and Germany is economically and politically on the rocks. In a Stuttgart factory tobacco bundles are stacked everywhere, from which Waldorf-Astoria brand cigarettes will be rolled. The workers are sitting on the bundles and a speaker calls out to them: “For more than a century, this mantra has echoed through humanity: Freedom, Equality, Fraternity. Much was written in the nineteenth century regarding the sheer incompatibility of these three words. They were right. Why? These concepts were buried by the hypnotic effects of an emerging centralized federal government. Only when these three words, these three impulses: the freedom of the spiritual life, the equality of the democratic state, and the brotherhood of the association of economic life are put in place, only then can they their true meaning be fulfilled.”
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This article was originally published in Erziehungskunst, which translates as: The Art of Education. The Special December 2011 Issue was called: “One World – One Idea, Celebrating 40 years of the Friends of Waldorf Education.”