Waldorf education is computer free
Rockport — A recent New York Times article, “Grading the Digital School: A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute,” explains why a Waldorf school’s computer-free environment has become a draw for parents at high-tech companies like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.
According to the Oct. 23 Sunday Times article by Matt Richtel, “Schools nationwide have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policy makers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don’t mix.”
Waldorf schools’ teaching tools do not include computers; none are used in the classroom, and their use by children at home is even discouraged. The article profiles the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, “one of around 160 Waldorf schools in the country that subscribe to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks. Those who endorse this approach say computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans.”
These technology leaders have joined the intensifying debate over the role of computers in the classroom. Alan Eagle, a communications executive at Google with two children at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, is quoted as saying “I fundamentally reject the notion you need technology aids in grammar school… The idea that an app on an iPad can better teach my kids to read or do arithmetic, that’s ridiculous.”
To learn more about Waldorf education, visit whywaldorfworks.com or contact Ashwood Waldorf School, located in Rockport, at 236-8021, firstname.lastname@example.org., or ashwoodwaldorf.org.