Technology, Brain Development and Other Interesting Articles
2013 - 2014
The Real Reason Children Fidget
The Battle Over Dress Codes
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop
Nearsightedness and the Indoor Life
Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Led by Stanford’s 5%, Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Lows
This is your brain on knitting
The Overprotected Kid
For more related to the article, above see Joan Almon's new booklet. Joan is a former Waldorf Early Childhood teacher who founded the Alliance for Childhood.
Adventure: The value of risk in children's play by Joan Almon
The disturbing transformation of kindergarten
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
How to Get a Job at Google (Go to a Waldorf School!)
Sherry Turkle is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”
Maine Calling, MPBN, February 4, 2014
Eric Utne on Education and Parenting the Waldorf Way
Maine Calling, MPBN, January 28
Into the Woods
Into the woods (same title as above, different article)
For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More
Make 2014 the year your kids play
For those of you who don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter here is a wonderful video from the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. Share it with your families over the holidays - it speaks to Waldorf Education in general!
Preparing for Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZSeepDmPE
"Preparing for Life" takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world, weigh-in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder
Creating your own textbooks to deepen knowledge
we’ve spent a lot of time on Inhabitots with our Green Education Series, trying to dissect the best educational options for environmentally-minded parents...we would be remiss not to write a special article focusing on Waldorf Education – one of the greenest and most ‘organic’ educational philosophies out there for parents who value creativity and the natural world.
Cursive getting squeezed out of Maine curricula
. . . and from a previous Tuesday News:
Cursive Benefits Go Beyond Writing
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Scrap the iPads, Keep the Pianos:If you want a device that can inspire, critique, counsel and put on a show, get a teacher.
Waldorf Graduate Wins 2013 Nobel Prize
Hannover Waldorf School Graduate Wins Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Thomas Südhof, 57, was in the remote town of Baeza in Spain to attend a conference and give a lecture, when he found out he was one of the Nobel Prize winners this year. "Every scientist dreams of this. I didn't realize there was chance I would be awarded the prize. I am stunned and really happy."
Mr. Südhof spoke of his most influential teacher, his bassoon instructor. "We've made so many major advances during the past 50 years in this field, but there's still much more to learn," said Südhof, who in a 2010 interview with The Lancet credited his bassoon instructor as his most influential teacher for helping him to learn the discipline to practice for hours on end. "Understanding how the brain works is one of the most fundamental problems in neuroscience."Read the full article in the Stanford News here.
Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind
Education without electronics, the unplugged classroom still works
This Internet-based list contains the names of Waldorf and Steiner alumni, as well as parents, who are recognized in their home countries or internationally for positive contributions to the arts, science, politics, and other fields. The list, which was founded in 1997, is supposed to act against prejudices that are still present occasionally, which claim, for example, that Waldorf education would not sufficiently prepare its students for the “real challenges of life”.
The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood
Two years ago on the front page of the New York Times Sunday Business section, an article ran entitled, "A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute" about the Waldorf School in Silicon Valley. I had already made the decision to enter my oldest son in a Waldorf school before the article came out, but I pathetically admit that this piece in the New York Times validated my intuition regarding a Waldorf education. (Click link above to read more.)
Waldorf education is catching on from coast to coast. Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines this innovative approach to learning.
CNN/Sanjay Gupta MD|August 26, 2013
The web site of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, an association of independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes. AWSNA’s mission is to strengthen and support the schools and to inform the public about the benefits of Waldorf education.
The Center supports schools worldwide by continually renewing Waldorf teachers and those who stand with them as administrators, trustees, parents, and friends. Courses are offered in:
The Center offers Foundations Studies at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine. For more information call, 865-3900 x 108.
Based on over twenty years’ experience successfully counseling busy families, Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry and hover less-and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.
The Nova Institute seeks to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. This understanding is based on a comprehensive view of human development, focusing on a child's need to engage in three distinct ways: actively, emotionally, and thoughtfully. When parents and teachers help children to develop good habits of hand, heart, and mind,young people become well-rounded individuals who can embrace life, love to learn, and have an abiding concern for their fellow human beings and for the Earth.
Featuring Waldorf related vendors and services – waldorfshop.net is more than a one-stop Waldorf shopping experience. The Waldorf Shop is an opportunity for the world-wide Waldorf Education community to take stock of our true resources, move beyond competition – toward mutually supportive service, and welcome outstanding providers not directly connected with Waldorf education. We're a network of folks creating a more beautiful, purposeful and wonder-filled world.
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.