In The News 

Browse links to videos, media broadcasts and articles about Waldorf education. Waldorf education is often covered in the news as our philosophy gains popularity with families across the world.

In the News:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School marks 10 years of movement

Prairie Moon Waldorf School earns state award for being green

 

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Students in Need of Less Homework and More Sleep by Alan Shusterman

September 28, 2015/ High School / Anja Lasthaus

More American high schoolers are graduating than ever, with this year’s graduation rate reaching a record 81 percent. But the journey from kindergarten to commencement is inflicting collateral damage on kids. More than eight in 10 students report experiencing moderate to extreme stress. Childhood depression and anxiety rates have skyrocketed. Teen suicide rates are three times what they were 50 years ago. Schools have a responsibility to cultivate not just their students’ intellect but their physical and mental well-being, too. They can do so by taking a page from the medical profession – and first “do no harm.” Then they […]
 

Strength-Based Learning in Waldorf Schools

We want our children to believe in their own excellence and their own potential for ever greater excellence. The strength-based teaching method is better oriented around this goal. And that ultimately matters because, as the Dalai Lama says, “with the realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

 

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy by Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D.

September 21, 2015/ Uncategorized / Anja Lasthaus

6 Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated. Source: Chubykin Arkady/Shutterstock Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially. At some point, a child with these symptoms may be given a mental-health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or […]

 

Your Toddler’s Growing Brain

They learn to use their bodies, their words and their wills rapidly and, at times, unexpectedly. Holding a two-year-old in a reverent and loving light is not always easy, but understanding the amazing transformation taking place in their brains can help parents empathize. For example, consider that the brain of a three year old is two-and-a-half times more active than an adult’s. So is it any wonder a toddler melts down after 10 minutes in the grocery cart?

Changing Education Paradigms 

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.
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Why Pushing Kids to Learn Too Much Too Soon is Counterproductive by Valerie Strauss

August 14, 2015/ Washington Post

A new book by a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine says that the nationwide push to teach children increasingly more complex concepts at earlier ages is likely counterproductive. In The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child Is You, Stephen Camara looks at atan emerging body of research and finds, among other things, that: Many schools force too much material onto the normally (and naturally) developing mind of young children and may inadvertently push children—especially boys—into looking like they have ADHD when they might not. It is rare for a child to be precisely at […]

 

The Waldorf Way: A Student’s Perspective

September 14, 2015/ High School, Waldorf in the News / Anja Lasthaus

By Kaeli Twigg-Smith  Published Date: Thursday, 13 August 2015   The Conway Daily Sun I am 16, and spent a good 13 years of my life attending the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany. My time at Waldorf was the best. All of the people there are kind, loving, helpful and truly inspiring. I learned many things there, academically and otherwise. At Waldorf I learned math through stories of gnomes, German through songs, and I taught myself to read with little help. In history I studied all sorts of mythologies, eras and peoples. My teachers made learning fun and enjoyable. At […]

 

Atlantic Monthly: My Waldorf-Student Son Believes in Gnomes, and That’s Fine With Me by Noah Berlatsky

April 1, 2013

A parent discusses his son's experience in a Waldorf school. "I have a bright, kind, loving, cultured, energetic, active child who adores school and his classmates and teachers."

New York Times Profile of a Waldorf School: Silicon Valley school with no computers

October 122, 2011

Los Altos, Calif. - The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children too a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.

 

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