IN THE NEWS
The pedagogical and developmental principles underlying Waldorf education are frequently in the news. To learn more about the Waldorf School of Lexington's developmentally based, arts-integrated curriculum, please visit us at an Open House or Information Session. Or contact Kate Woll, Admissions Director.
Waldorf Education & Teaching the Whole Child
Alice Birney, a Waldorf-inspired public K-8 school in Sacramento, has one of the longest waiting lists of any school in the district. The Waldorf approach at Alice Birney, along with student outcomes, was evaluated in depth by the Stanford University Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. You can download the full report here. One notable finding: At all grade levels, students at Alice Birney outperformed other district students on California’s state test in English Language Arts.
Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement, Huffington Post
Cell phones & Screen Time
A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley, New York Times — The people who are closest to a thing are often the most wary of it. Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don’t want their own children anywhere near them.
The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected, New York Times — America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether.
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, The Atlantic — Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on non-screen activities are more likely to be happy. There’s not a single exception. If you were going to give advice for a happy adolescence based on this [national] survey, it would be straightforward: Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen.
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent, New York Times
A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute, New York Times
Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children, New York Times
Teach Your Children Well: Unhook Them From Technology, Wall St. Journal
The Importance of Movement & Physical Activity
Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class, New York Times
Pressure, stress & Anxiety in education
Nearly one in six college students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last 12 months. The causes range widely, experts say, from mounting academic pressure at earlier ages to overprotective parents to compulsive engagement with social media.
The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids, The Atlantic
Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?, New York Times
Is the Common Core Killing Kindergarten?, Boston Globe