Articles of Interest
We come across a lot of articles and stories in magazines, professional journals, and other media that address current research on education and child development. Most are aimed at a broad audience and do not address Waldorf education specifically. We find, however, that there is a great deal of support in "mainstream" publications for the approach taken in Waldorf education, especially with respect to the value of play, use of media, high-pressure testing, and more.
We hope you find the following resources of interest. They are presented in no particular order, and we will add more as we get them. Please feel free to share your comments or suggestions for other materials with our Enrollment Director, Lezlie Lawson.
WWS Blog - Written by Jack Petrash
A Silicon Valley School that Doesn't Compute
Matt Richtel, New York Times, October 22, 2011
All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed
The Atlantic, October 12, 2011
Leave Those Kids Alone
Childhood is more than merely a springboard to adulthood
Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic, April 2011
Discovering Waldorf - 'Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective'
Dr. Regalena “Reggie” Melrose
Reading at Some Private Schools is Delayed
New York Times, February 14, 2011
A growing number of private schools in New York are introducing reading later.
What's New in High School? Stress Reduction 101
National Public Radio, January 3, 2011
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
Alex Spiegel, National Public Radio
Can Helicopter Parents Learn to Let Their Children Soar?
The perils of helicopter parenting, by Stephen Emerson, President of Haverford College, Washington Post, November 26, 2010
Sir Ken Robinson, Changing Education Paradigms
Very engaging animated talk by internationally recognized authority on creativity, on how education needs to change to prepare students for the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Dr. Gabor Maté on ADHD, Bullying and the Destruction of American Childhood
Appearing on radio show Democracy Now, November 23, 2010.
Renowned Canadian physician and author discusses the state of contemporary childhood and the conditions needed for children to be healthy.
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
Matt Richtel, New York Times, November 21, 2010
To get the Real Star Students, College Admissions Should Look Beyond SATs
Robert Sternberg, Washington Post, November 21, 2010
SATs and GPA predict college succes, but not life success
Does the Digital Classroom Enfeeble the Mind?
Jaron Lanier, New York Times Magazine, September 15, 2010
Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has
New data support a return to “balance” in kindergarten
By LAURA PAPPANO from The Harvard Education Letter, Sept/Oct 2010
The Junior Meritocracy
Should a child’s fate be sealed by an exam he takes at the age of 4? Why kindergarten-admission tests are worthless, at best.
January 2010 in New York Magazine by Jennifer Senior
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
by Alix Spiegel - February 2008 NPR story
Experts bemoan loss of kids' play time
November 2008, Utah Daily Herald article containing the opinions of early childhood educators at NYC conference.
Playtime is Over
March, 2010, New York Times Opinion article by David Elkind, professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University and author of numerous books on childhood.
Tech Gets a Time-Out
Charges of hypocrisy be damned: Some Silicon Valley tech wizards are quietly raising their kids outside the lurid digital landscape that their own industry calls childhood.
Cover article from San Francisco Magazine March 2010
Your Brain on Technology: Outdoors and Out of Reach
August 2010 New York Times article on the effects of technology on the brain
Play’s the Thing
The Atlantic Magazine, May 2010
A review of the book, Evolution of Childhood by Melvin Konner
Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation
From Harvard College admissions page
Reclaiming the Imagination by Timothy Williamson
New York Times, August 2010
American Academy of Pediatrics report, The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds
From Pediatrics January 2007