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  • Andrew Aker

    Luddite thinking will cripple these kids. People like Wozniak and Jobs didn't get there just by playing with chalk and a blackboard.

    Having taught more than 7000 students of all age groups I can say that YES, apps can teach better than most teachers can. In fact, they keep getting better by the minute. Whereas traditional education is stuck in tradition.

    Gaming has been proven to release endorphins which are critical to hippocampus and amygdala activity ( short and long term memory ) Gamified education is inevitable. Join the revolution or be left in the dust with the dinosaurs...

    Waldorf has its good points but a complete unplug from technology is just plain dumb. Blaming electronics for ADD, etc. is also wrong. It's bad parenting and bad schooling that allow that to happen.

    If we reduce this thinking to its simplest form we can state it as such, "My daughter will be building her own R2D2 robot when your kid is just learning what a mouse is."

    She still knows how to climb trees, make mud pies, rollerblade and have tons of friends in the real world. That's because she gets a BALANCED schedule. The virtual world is now part of our real world and only will become more so each day. To deny that is foolish to say the least.

    Good luck luddites! Enjoy your caves!

  • Lisa Werth

    So your kid made an I movie so???? ? Many kids know how to do that. Does your kid know how to do anything beyond electronics? This is where I see evidence all the time that children don't know things many were learning to do a generation or two ago in things like the scouts, 4-H or even our own parents at home that didn't have their noses in front of a computer screen. I am a nanny who has taught children a wide range of things as work on those government mandated teaching circulums we find in public schools. I see my charges take in things that can be very complex compared to their classmates. Yes they still knew how do powerpoint presentations that they got A's on home movies etc. Going "old school" is time consuming too. I congratulate the Waldorf for doing it.

  • patricia78

    How much does it cost to send a child to the Waldorf school? Can the masses afford it?

    Technology is fine, but there should be limits. Does there need to be a new version of everything every 6 months? Look at the young, obese children (and adults) today. It is sad to see a 2-year old child (or an adult) staring at a video game in their hands. Or children (or adults) with a cell phone attached to their ear, oblivious to anything around them. Just one woman's opinion.