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Technology, Brain Development and Other Interesting Articles

2013 - 2014

The Real Reason Children Fidget
Angela Hanscom, Timbernook, June 05, 2014

The Battle Over Dress Codes
By Peggy Orenstein, June 13, 2014
The New York Times, The Opinion Pages | OP-ED Contributor

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
By Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, June 2, 2014

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
By Cindi May, Scientific American, June 3, 2014

Alone Together
So busy communicating, we neglect each other. Professor Sherry Turkle says if you don’t teach your children how to be alone, they only know how to be lonely. 
by Liz Karagianis, Spectrum, MIT

Nearsightedness and the Indoor Life
Not too long ago, kids with glasses were the odd ones out, favorite targets of school bullies. But glasses-wearing students are increasingly becoming the norm, with as many as one in four children needing corrective lenses, according to recent studies.
Iulia Filip, The Atlantic, May 2, 2014 

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.
By Michael S. Rosenwald, The Washington Post, April 6, 2014

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Led by Stanford’s 5%, Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Lows
Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.
By Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times, April 8, 2014

This is your brain on knitting
By Jacque Wilson, CNN, March 27, 2014

The Overprotected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
Hanna Rosin,, March 19, 2014

     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 
This booklet is an exploration of why children need adventurous play and how they successfully cope with it through risk-assessment. Click here for a sample of the book, including the introduction.

The disturbing transformation of kindergarten
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.
Wendy Lecker,, February 21, 2014

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
By Cris Rowan, Huffington Post, 03/06/2014

How to Get a Job at Google  (Go to a Waldorf School!)
Hint: Getting hired is not about your G.P.A. It’s about what you can do and what you know.
By Thomas L. Friedman, OP-ED Columnist, The New York Times, February 22, 2014

The Documented Life

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.”
By Sherry Turkle, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times, December 15, 2013

Reading Proficiency

Maine Calling, MPBN, February 4, 2014
Last Tuesday on MPBN's Maine Calling featured "Reading Proficiency." The panel discussed a new report that shows that only 1/3 of Maine 4th graders read proficiently. A panel of experts discussed tips, techniques and book recommendations to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. Merriconeag parent, Bill Holland, was one of the callers so Merriconeag was mentioned on the show for the 2nd week in a row! Great press! Thank you, Bill!

Eric Utne on Education and Parenting the Waldorf Way
Linda Sechrist, Natural Awakenings, February 2014

Inside the Circus Conservatory of America

Maine Calling, MPBN, January 28
Last Tuesday on MPBN's Maine Calling featured "Inside the Circus Conservatory of America." The panel discussed circus arts in Maine. About 4 minutes in David Barham was the first caller of the day and Peter Nielson responded with wonderful words about Merriconeag and Waldorf education. We hope you will listen to the pod cast.

Class Consciousness
China's new bourgeoisie discovers alternative education.
Ian Johnson, The New Yorker, February 3, 2014, 
Last week's New Yorker Magazine featured a six page article on the spread of Waldorf education in China. That article is not available to share at this time but you may click here to view Carolyn Drake's beautiful photos of the Chengdu Waldorf School.

Patience, Patience
Our technology-driven world demands that we do everything faster. But when we live slowly, we're rewarded with a deeper understanding of the real world—and our connection to it.
by David Gessner, On Earth, December 13, 2013

Into the Woods
American kids don’t know how to explore. Maybe what they need is forest kindergarten. 
By Emily Bazelon,, Dec 3, 2013

Into the woods (same title as above, different article)
The growing nature school movement is dedicated to getting young kids moving—and learning—outside.
By Melanie Plenda | The Boston Globe Magazine, October 06, 2013

For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More
By Frank Bruni, The New York Times, The Opinion Pages
Published: December 30, 2013

Make 2014 the year your kids play
By John Bare, CNN Opinion, Schools of Thought
Wed January 1, 2014

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:

"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
The Number of Diagnoses Soared Amid a 20-Year Drug Marketing Campaign
By Alan Schwarz, The New York Times, December 14, 2013 

Creating your own textbooks to deepen knowledge
In this video a student from the Waldorf School of Philadelphia and Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, discuss how creating your own textbook provides students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Why Waldorf Education Is A Great Choice For Environmentally Conscious Parents

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.
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On November 14, 2013 (3:00 pm), inhabitots: modern green design for kids and babies

Cursive getting squeezed out of Maine curricula
While it has some practical applications and academic benefits, typing ability and computer skills have more.
By Susan McMillan Staff Writer Portland Press Herald, Dec.3, 2013

. . . and from a previous Tuesday News:

Cursive Benefits Go Beyond Writing
The College Board found that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored slightly higher than those who printed.
By Suzanne Baruch Asherson, The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, April 30, 2013.

How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
by STEVE HENN, all tech considered, October 29, 2013

Scrap the iPads, Keep the Pianos:If you want a device that can inspire, critique, counsel and put on a show, get a teacher.
LA Times Op-Ed by Jeff Lantos | 
Sunday, October 27, 2013

SeXXX Education
A shocking and eye-opening article about how Maine schools open doors to porn.
by Chris Busby, the bollard, November 4, 2013


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
Music produces profound and lasting changes in the brain. Schools should add classes, not cut them
By The Editors, Scientific American, October 26, 2010


Education without electronics, the unplugged classroom still works
"At the Waldorf School, they don’t denounce technology, but they don’t use for its own sake either. Looking back on your education, do you remember great devices or great teachers?"
Mark Atwater/ 12, 2013 

The International List of Famous Waldorf Alumni

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
by Sheila Phelps Johns who has worked with the lyre in the early grades for 14 years at the Washington Waldorf School, where she is also a member of the Care Group. She has completed anthroposophic trainings in both instrumental and singing therapy. She works with music therapeutically at the school and through her private practice in Silver Spring, MD.

Knitting Is More Important Than Homework

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.)
By Mara Menachem/Huff Post: PARENTS, Posted: 07/18/2013 


Enrollment up in no-test, no-tech school

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


Waldorf Resources
Developed by AWSNA, this site provides “everything you need to know about Waldorf education.”

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:

  • Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy
  • High School Teacher Education
  • Eurythmy Teacher Training
  • Renewal Courses for Teachers and Others

       View Program Portraits movie.

The Center offers Foundations Studies at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine. For more information call, 865-3900 x 108.

Simplicity Parenting

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.

Nova Institute

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.
Bob & Nancy’s Services – A comprehensive web site for Waldorf education and anthroposophy. Includes a bookshop, general store, synopses of Steiner’s lectures, links to all Waldorf school web sites, and more.

The Waldorf Shop

Featuring Waldorf related vendors and services – 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.