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Why do Waldorf schools discourage technology use before high school?

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Researchers found that for every hour per day spent watching specially developed baby DVDs and videos such as ‘Baby Einstein’ and ‘Brainy Baby’, children under 16 months understood an average of six to eight fewer words compared to children who did not watch them. – Aric Sigman Conventional wisdom holds that access to technology stimulates thinking, making it possible...

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The value of REAL sensory encounters

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Henning Kullak-Ublick. Translated from German by Karin Smith.     TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind. He can no longer understand a fantasy, A fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze! – From Charlie and the Chocolate...

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Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children’s Minds

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Author: Susan Johnson M.D. Date published: Unknown Contact details: Contact tab available on Waldorf library site   TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind. He can no longer understand a fantasy, A fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze! An...

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Mind over Machinery

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By DOUGLAS GERWIN, PhD The term “media” has an interesting and surprisingly short biography. As recently as the 1970s the Oxford English Dictionary listed only three meanings for this term––the oldest going back no further than the 1840s––and none of them had anything to do with newspapers, magazines, radio, film, or television, though the phrase “mass media”...

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Let Them Play

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

March 2007 http://waldorfmom.net/waldorfsteiner-education/let-them-play/   I was sitting in traffic a few days ago when my eyes wandered to the car beside me.  In the front seat was a boy of about 12.  Beside him was the driver whose too-frequent glances at his young passenger caught my attention.  The driver’s constantly swiveling head didn’t seem to affect the boy....

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Excerpts from The Impact of Screen Media On Children: A Eurovision For Parliament

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Download the full 17-page report, which is based on a verbal presentation given to the Quality of Childhood Group in the European Parliament by Dr. Aric Sigman in August 2010: http://www.ecswe.org/downloads/publications/QOC-V3/Chapter-4.pdf   Quality versus Quantity The advocates of introducing young children to screen media contend that it is the ‘quality’ of what the...

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Computers in schools could do more harm than good

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Author: Susan Greenfield Date published: 9:31AM GMT 12 Feb 2010 Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/7220021/Computers-in-schools-could-do-more-harm-than-good.html   Ignoring the dangers facing the screen generation is a dangerous approach, says Susan Greenfield. One of the things that makes human beings so distinct, and so brilliant, is that our brains are constantly...

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Common myths about Waldorf education: computers

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Why do Waldorf elementary schools not utilize computers as part of the classroom instruction, and does this pose an impediment for students as they go on to high school?   Computers are incredible tools that save adults enormous amounts of work and time. Computers are not, however, the most desirable or effective medium for educating children in the elementary school. Several...

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Children’s health threatened by increasing screen time, says journal

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

Author: Sarah Boseley, health editor Date published: Tuesday 9 October 2012 Source: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/oct/09/childrens-health-screen-time?INTCMP=SRCH   Review of studies raises concerns over screen time, while the department of health highlights instead the dangers of inactivity     By the age of seven, a child born today in the UK will have...

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Anti Screen? No… Pro Human Relationship? Yes

Category: Resource Library | Date: 5 July 2016

By Kim John Payne This article is an extract from The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm and Calm Guidance. From Toddlers to Teens (Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House. 2015.) How a parent handles the influence of screens (television, computers, phones and other devices) used to be a part of a general discussion about filtering the adult world...

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