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Technology, brain development and other interesting articles from

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

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