Contact Us

Prestigious Waldorf Private School Keeps Computers Away from Kids

unwiredchild
Quim Llenas, Getty Images

The 160 Waldorf private schools in the United States boast an impressive student body: the children of tech luminaries from firms like eBay, Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.

But what makes Waldorf a seemingly odd choice for such parents is that until kids are in the eighth grade, the school is completely unwired with not a computer screen to be found.

Waldorf believes in physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks, and feels computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans.

Alan Eagle, 50, a Dartmouth graduate who works in executive communications at Google and whose daughter attends a Waldorf school, said, “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.”

A Waldorf third-grade math teacher, Cathy Waheed, recently taught fractions by having the children cut up food into quarters, halves and sixteenths. “For three weeks, we ate our way through fractions,” she said. “When I made enough fractional pieces of cake to feed everyone, do you think I had their attention?”

Ninety-four percent of Waldorf grads attend college, but Ann Flynn, director of education technology for the National School Boards Association, feels keeping computers away from the kids is doing them a disservice. “If schools have access to the tools and can afford them, but are not using the tools, they are cheating our children,” she added.

Student Finn Heilig, 10, disagrees and says he likes learning with pen and paper instead of on a computer. “Besides,” he says, “if you learn to write on paper, you can still write if water spills on the computer or the power goes out.”


[The New York Times]

More From Lite 98.7

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://lite987.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on LITE 98.7 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on LITE 98.7 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!