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Technology, Brain Development and Other Interesting Articles

2012 - 2013

The Touch-Screen Generation
Young children - even toddlers - are spending more and more time with digital technology.

What will it mean for their development?
By Hanna Rosin l The Atlantic l March 20, 2013

Please take a ten minute break from your day to see this TEDx Talk that features Jack Petrash from the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, speaking about his 40 years of teaching:

The more views the presentation gets, the more likely it is to survive to be kept in the TED Talk archives. Thanks for your help! Warm greetings in the busy month of May, Patrice Maynard, AWSNA/Research Institute

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.

Maine Growers Link Biodynamics, Organic
By Jean English, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Spring 2013 Newsletter


Your Phone vs. Your Heart
CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere else?
By Barbara L. Fredrickson, The New York Times, March 23, 2013



The digital age has changed what it means to "search"
by Nicholas Carr, Marketplace, American Public Media, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Mind over Machinery
By Douglas Gerwin, PhD

Pediatricians say kids need recess during school
By Andrew M. Seaman | Reuters – Mon, Dec 31, 2012

Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call me in the Morning
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress—and even prevent cancer.
By Florence Williams, Outside Magazine, December 2012


Issue 64 CoverVandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
Today, at a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing her biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature herself is the best teacher.

Yes Magazine, December 5, 2012
(Editor's note: Dr. Vandana Shiva was a keynote speaker at the "Future of Agriculture" conference in 2011 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland)




Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say
By Matt Richtel, The New York Times, Published: November 1, 2012




Is "secondhand" TV taking a toll on kids?
CNN Health, by Amanda Gardner,
updated 7:17 AM EDT, Mon October 1, 2012



Bootstrapping A Child's Education - California's DIY School

Waldorf Education featured in Forbes!

Forbes / Logistics & Transportation / 9/19/2012



Back to School
As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough's new book How Children Succeed.
This American Life from WBEZ, Sept. 14, 2012



No More 1950’s: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post in September 2012. This is an edited version of that article
By Kim John Payne


Spoiled Rotten: Why do kids rule the roost?

Why are American Kids so spoiled? Click on the link above to find out.
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, July 2, 2012


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.