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2014 - 2015:

This Is What Recess Looks Like Around the World

In his book, Playground, which was published by Aperture in April, James Mollison explores that universal place of childhood development, through photographs of playgrounds around the world.
By Jordan G. Teicher, Slate, May 8, 2015

Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction?
Some say it broadens horizons, others that it can’t teach children how to think
By Lisa Nielsen, The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2015

Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking
BY BRUCE FEILER, The New York Times, April 17, 2015
The strain of getting young people to turn from their screens and look into other people’s eyes.

(I love the fact that the article starts with this idea of shaking hands like we start each day in the Waldorf classroom - David Barham)

Our Push for "Passion," and Why It Harms Kids
By Lisa Heffernan,  The New York Times, APRIL 8, 2015

Best, Brightest — and Saddest?
By Frank Bruni, The New York Times, April 11, 2015

Bringing Up Baby — on the iPhone
The Opinion Pages, ROOM for DEBATE, 
The New York Times, Updated APRIL 13, 2015 

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape
By Owen Phillips, nprEd, April 04, 2015

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous
By Fareed Zakaria, Opinions, The Washington Post, March 26, 2015 

In the Name of College! What Are We Doing to Our Children?
By Michelle Rose Gilman, Huffington Post, 03/21/2015

7 things every kid should master
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
By Susan Engel, The Boston Globe, February 26, 2015

What Happens When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days

By Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift, March 6, 2015

School Stops Giving Homework So Kids Can Play Instead
By Jennifer O'Neill, YAHOO! PARENTING, March 5, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind
"Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.
By Eric Westervelt, nprEd, February 12, 2015 6:40 AM ET

Opening economic doors with early childhood education

This show features Waldorf education and one of our speakers and friend of our school, Joan Almon.
By Eliza Mills for Marketplace Weekend, Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:56

Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, January 19

Is Your First Grader College Ready?
Mock applications at age 6, campus tours at 10. More and more elementary schools are introducing college awareness. Is it ever too early to plan for the future?
BY LAURA PAPPANO, The New York Times, February 4,2015

What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early?
Stress and being overweight are the most likely culprits.
By LOUISE GREENSPAN and JULIANNA DEARDOR, The New York Times, Feb.5,2015

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
By Cris Rowan, Pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, author

The race to nowhere in youth sports
By Steve Nash, Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog, Oct. 20, 2014

Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some 
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, January 13, 2015

Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think
By Will Stanton, The Mind Unleashed, 7 January, 2015 

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School
New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
By Alison Gopnik, Slate, March 17, 2011

A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, December 3, 2014

Emotional Health, Not Academic Obsession
By Jacqueline Koay, Huffington Post, Posted: 26/11/2014 11:26 GMT

The Holiday Season: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle
By Kim John Payne, Huffington Post

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside
By Nate Hanson, Huffington Post, 11/12/2014

Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of 'schoolification' of children's early years
Emily Dugan, The Independent

Health benefits for those who stick to their knitting
BY SAMMY CAIOLA - SCAIOLA@SACBEE.COM
09/25/2014 12:00 AM 09/24/2014 6:34 PM


States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F

Parents, students and school officials have joined a national protest of the

consequences of Common Core testing.
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ, The New York Times, NOV. 9, 2014

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K
For 4-year-olds in school for the first time, play is serious work.
BY SHAEL POLAKOW-SURANSKY AND NANCY NAGER,

Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October 21, 2014


Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19, 2014

The following two articles relate to the recent controversy in North Carolina around the play Almost Maine (performed by our high school seniors last spring). David Barham, who directed the play for our 2014 seniors, was interviewed on October 20, 2014 by the Bangor Daily News. Read what he had to say below:

Maine native’s play canceled in North Carolina for ‘racy’ content

Features quotes from David Barham.
By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News, October 20, 2014

Note: If the link above has expired, you can read it by clicking here.

Maiden High School play canceled for "gay" scene?

The original artical from North Carolina
Richard Gould, Hickory Record, October 16, 2014

Parents saying no to too much homework
By Jay Mathews, The Washington Post, September 28, 2014

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
By Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times, October 11, 2014

WANT YOUR KIDS TO GET INTO HARVARD? TELL ‘EM TO GO OUTSIDE!

By Richard Louv, The New Nature Movement, Sept 22, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
By CORY TURNER, nprED, September 30, 2014 5:03 AM ET

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids
By ALISON BRUZEK, nprshots, September 29, 2014 2:12 PM ET

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, July 8, 2014

Limiting screen time critical for children's academic, emotional development
More than 45 minutes of screen time per day leads to academic and social consequences, study finds.
Heidi Stevens, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, September 9, 2014

The Screen Time Rules You Really Should Enforce This Year
While parents grapple with how much screen time is too much for children, new research now supports their suspicions: An excess amount of time in front of screens is bad for kids.
By Rebecca Adams The Huffington Post, 09/08/2014 

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
At Least 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Reading With a Book or E-Book Helps

By Jeanne Whalen, Health & Wellness, The Wall Street Journal, 09/16/14

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
By Nick Bilton, DISRUPTIONS, The New York Times, Sept 10, 2014

Technology executives limit their children’s screen time as Apple’s leader once did.

Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions
by Kim Allsup on July 15, 2014

Teaching Is Not a Business
David L. Kirp, Opinion, The New York Times, Aug 16, 2014
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf Kindergarten.
Victoria Fedden, Jun 14, 2014