News Archives 2011 - 2012
Technology, brain development and other interesting articles from
2011 - 2012
Puberty Before Age 10: A New 'Normal'?
Is the Internet hurting children?
Report Calls for National Effort to Get Millions Of Young Americans onto a Realistic Path to Employability
Missed connections in our digital lives
By Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe, April 15, 2012
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
Violent games DO alter your brain - and the effect is visible in MRI scans in just a week
Silicon Valley school with no computers
Waldorf Education in China
How college prep is killing high school
Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms?
The Joy of Quiet
The Importance of Child's Play
With needles, wool and attention, a Howard County retiree, Lynn Zwerlinig, teaches prisoners how to cope after release.
Alex Steffen is one of the world's leading voices on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism. Editor of the the widely read Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century(Abrams, 2006), a 600-page compendium of leading solutions from around the world, with a foreword by Al Gore, Steffen was a student in David Sloan's first Waldorf class back in the early 1980's. Here is a link to one of Steffen's well-received TED talks: Alex Steffen on TED.
Grading the Digital School:
Hooked on giving back(Handwork helps troubled teens)
Bill Nemitz, Portland Press Herald, December 30, 2011
Waldorf Education in Public Schools: Educators adopt—and adapt—this developmental, arts-rich approach
Ms. Pappano is an education journalist based in New Haven, Conn. She is the author of Inside School Turnarounds: Urgent Hopes, Unfolding Stories (Harvard Education Press, 2010).
The 5 Best Toys of All Time
Teacher Is an App
Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious,
This the Future of Punctuation!?
Time Higher Than Ever for Children
You've heard of the hazards of secondhand smoke. Now here's another worry: secondhand TV.
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Updated 10/23/2011 10:36 PM
The following article was published on the front page of last Sunday's October 23) New York Times. It was their most emailed article that day! We have also included three interesting articles/letters that have been published in response.
is a Waldorf School?
myfoxny.com, October 25, 2011
Letter to the Editor Re: A Silicon Valley School that Doesn't
Compute, New York Times, October 25 2011
The dialogue continues in the Sunday, October 30 edition of The New York Times:
the Software Report Card
Americans smarter than ever?
Are Finland's Schools Successful?
By Ashley Portero, International
Business Times, September 15, 2011
Efforts to regulate playground equipment to prevent injuries may stunt emotional development,
a new study suggests.
By John Tierney, The New York
Times, Science, July 19, 2011
When public education fails,
democracy fails with it.
Saturday, June 4 2011, 04:02 PM EDT
Ultimate Frisbee - a team sport that combines rules
from several other sports - is becoming more popular than ever, especially at
the high school level. News 13's Evans Boston went to the Cumberland Fairgrounds
to check out the "Maine High School Ultimate" State Finals. To watch the video
(you may catch glimpses of Merriconeag Ultimate in green in the background),
click on the link above.
Our devices should work for us, not the other way around. Time for a tech detox?
By DANIEL SIEBERG The Washington
Go see it, if you can! This film has been playing at the Nickelodeon in Portland and the Eveningstar Cinema in Brunswick. To view the trailer, click here.
From the I Am website: I AM is an
utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and
provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make
it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s
leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as
“Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.”
However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened
to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good.
Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose,
determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and
to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way
we live and walk in the world.
Kate Zernike, New York Times, May 13, 2011
Enrichment programs like Kumon are gaining from, and generating, parental anxiety about what kind of preparation children need - and whether parents themselves have what it takes to provide it.
Perri Klass, M.D., New York Times, Health, May 10, 2011
Is a child's ability to stay focused on TV or a video game, though not on anything else, a cause or an effect of attention problems - or both?
The Case for Cursive
Joshua Levine, Time.com, April 11, 2011
New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
— and schools — behaving badly
(This article was also in the 03/21/11 Portland Press Herald. It was entitled, "Ivy League or Bust Mentality Starts Early.)
This is a comprehensive list of resourses from our recent speaker, Lowell Monke.
Animal and Higher Education
You can listen to his talk on MPBN's Speaking in Maine at the link above.
Article by Laura Landro from the Informed Patient, February 1, 2011, The Wall Street Journal
to get your kids into college? Let them play.
Many of us just can't get enough of Sir Ken. If you haven't seen this TED Talk,
be sure to make some time for it.
To read two significant articles in Orion Magazine by our upcoming March speaker, Lowell Monke, please use the following links:
Putin Visits the Waldorf School in Moscow
January 5, 2011 New York Times article by Hilary Stout
Jordan Seavey shared this link to a recent MPBN broadcast of the CBS show Ideas. The topic was The Hurried Child. To listen, visit http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2010/12/14/the-hurried-child/
To read the latest (January 2011) edition of the AWSNA newletter, Inform, please click here.
December 8, 2010, New York Times article by Trip Gabriel
A film [Race to Nowhere] on how students are driven to build their resumes has attracted grass-roots attention.
By Susan Magsamen, November 19, 2009, The Dana Foundation News
High-school smarty-pants may not be the best collegian
November 21, 2010, New York Times article by Matt Richtel.
The constant stream of stimuli offered by new technology poses a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
Dr. Regalena “Reggie” Melrose, a
licensed clinical and credentialed school psychologist and author,
An excerpt: “Until MRIs and other sophisticated measures of the brain were developed, we had no way to prove or disprove any of Steiner’s theories, not with the kind of precision and accuracy we can now. An overwhelming body of evidence from the last 20 years of neuroscientific inquiry supports Steiner’s theories, including some of the most fundamental foci of Waldorf Education.” You can read the entire piece by clicking on the link above.
Intelligence and Rhythmic Accuracy Go Hand in Hand
ScienceDaily (Apr. 21, 2008) — People who score high on intelligence tests are also good at keeping time, new Swedish research shows. The team that carried out the study also suspect that accuracy in timing is important to the brain processes responsible for problem solving and reasoning.
New York – "Younger Americans are typing or texting more and writing less, even in school — and that's a problem when it comes to brain development..."
September 13, 2010, Portland Press Herald
The article is written by Daniel de Vise of the Washington Post.
"One recent semester, a professor tracked the grades of 17 student laptop addicts. At the end of the term, their average grade was 71 percent, "almost the same as the average for the students who didn't come at all."
Some Silicon Valley tech wizards are quietly raising their kids outside the lurid digital landscape that their own industry calls childhood. An article by Dan Frost. Published on San Francisco On-Line.
August 24, 2010 Transcript of Matt Richtel, New York Times Technology Reporter, speaking with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.
Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Down Time, August 24, 2010 New York Times article by Matt Richtel.
Review by Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press of Nicholas Carr's new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains. Many in our community read this book this summer and highly recommend it.
April Break - No School:
Mon, April 20 through Fri, April 24.
School is closed for April Break.
HS Parent Evening:
Wed, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Living Thinking Talk by Michael D'Aleo:
Fri, May 1, 7:00 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Living Thinking: The Foundation for Flexible, Creative, and Innovative Minds. A public talk by Michael D'Aleo sponsored by the Foundation Studies Program. Donations gratefull received at the door. Learn more at link below.
Merriconeag Poetry Festival:
Sun, May 3, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport. Free admission. Featuring noted poet, Jeffrey Harrison as Festival Judge and student poet finalists from the following high schools: Cape Elizabeth, Catherine McAuley, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Hyde, Merriconeag Waldorf, Morse, Waynflete, and Yarmouth.
G 2, 4, 5 & 6 Parent Evenings:
Tues, May 5, 7:00 pm.
Senior Project Presentations:
Thurs, May 7, 6:30 pm. Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, May 8, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
May Celebration and Medieval Faire:
Saturday, May, 10 am - 1 pm.
57 Desert Rd, Freeport