New York Times letters

LETTERS Sunday Dialogue: Using Technology to Teach Published: October 29, 2011 In schools and in homes, teachers and parents wrestle with the role of technology in children’s lives. Our readers weigh in. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-using-technology-to-teach.html...

“The Death of Preschool”

from Waldorf Today Scientific American Mind’s article in the Nov/Dec issue about the trend away from play-based early education. Some experts are saying, “Danger Ahead!” It’s a very well-written and entertaining piece. Death of Preschool?: The trend in early education is to move from a play-based curriculum to a more. On a perfect Southern California morning not long ago, a gaggle of children gathered in the backyard of a million-dollar home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood to celebrate the birthday of twin four-year-old girls. The host parents had rented a petting zoo for the day, and kids jumped...

New York Times: At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait

In October, 2011, the New York Times ran a story on Waldorf education on the cover of their Sunday edition.  Since that time, Waldorf education has gotten a lot of attention from mainstream media.  You can read the original article below.   NBC News followed with a story that can be found here.   The Waldorf School’s computer-free environment has become a draw for parents at high-tech companies like Google. A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute By MATT RICHTEL LOS ALTOS, Calif. — The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home. 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. This is 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. The Waldorf method is nearly a century old, but its foothold here among the digerati puts...

Open House Slideshow

A few photos from Saturday’s Moraine Farm Open House.  Vanya Yoors led children and adults in some circus arts activities, getting everyone moving, while Brian Macdonald conducted a few organic chemistry experiments.  That’s pure carbon smoking in the beaker, formed by sulfuric acid being poured over sugar.  Thanks to everyone at Moraine Farm for putting on such a nice event!  Thanks to Jen Benoit for these photos....