Waldorf Education & Use of Media
The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. “Preparing for Life” picks up where that story left off. The video takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning.
More articles about Waldorf education and technology use:
- A “No Technology” School: The Waldorf Approach, Seattle Refined, September 16, 2014
- Off the treadmill? Seattle’s Waldorf high school defies tech’s sweep, Seattle Times, August 30, 2014
- Unplugged Schools (Orion)
Play- and Nature-based Curriculum
Play-based early education and increased time in natural spaces is getting a lot of press recently. Forest kindergartens include both.
More resources on the importance of play and time in nature:
- Taking Play Seriously (New York Times February 17, 2008)
- Old-fashioned Play builds Serious Skills (NPR)
- Nature Deficit Disorder (NPR)
Comparisons with Mainstream Education
One Chicago radio station put out a call for student stories about education, and highlighted one student who grew up in Waldorf education before transferring to a public high school.
More articles looking at problems in mainstream education:
- Kindergarten Cram (New York Times May 3, 2009)
- Deskercise: Staying Jazzed and Focused at School (NPR Broadcast)
- Why are School-age boys struggling?
Waldorf Education Organizations
- Why Waldorf Works
This website by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America includes a wide variety of resources about Waldorf education.
- Waldorf Today
This website offers news about Waldorf education from around the world.
WECAN, the Waldorf Earty Childhood Association of North America, offers resources focusing on Waldorf education for kindergarten, preschool, and younger ages.
- Camphill Academy
The Camphill Academy is a community of learning rooted in the work of the Camphill Movement, an international network of intentional communities including individuals with disabilities. Camphill communities practice shared living, cooperative work, and education on the basis of a spiritual-scientific understanding of the human being, as developed in Rudolf Steiner’s (1861-1925) anthroposophy and in community-building principles developed by Karl Koenig (1902-1966).