Links & Articles

Philadelphia School Goes 'Unplugged'
Fox, 29's Karen Hepp visited a Waldorf in our area where they think children should explore without a tablet in their hands.


The Waldorf Way: CNN News Report with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
A Waldorf education is catching on from coast to coast. Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines this innovative approach to learning. CNNAug 26, 2013.


NBC Nightly News discusses "The Waldorf Way"
From the moment you walk into the Waldorf School of the Peninsula there are clear signs that something different is happening. Allysun Sokolowski, a third-­‐grade teacher, greets each one of her 29 students by name and shakes their hand as they enter the classroom.
NBC Nightly News, Nov. 30, 2011

National Articles on Waldorf Education

Where's Waldorf: Music at the Heart of Education Philosophy
Part of an effort to give parents a close look at the resources and philosophy that different schools offer. We begin with the San Francisco Waldorf School and a chat with David Weber, a humanities and music teacher in the Waldorf High School. For many years he also taught children at the Waldorf lower school. San Francisco Classical Voice, Mark MacNamara, February 2013.

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute
Excellent New York Times education series continues on why Silicon Valley, Google, and other high-­‐tech parents choose to educate their children in low-­‐tech Waldorf schools. 
New York Times, Matt Richtel, Oct. 22, 2011.

Invitation to a Dialogue: Computers in School?
The New York Times solicited letters in response to Greg Simon's follow-up Op-Ed piece on Waldorf Education. From 1993 to 1997 Mr. Simon was the chief domestic policy adviser to Vice President Al Gore, and oversaw the Clinton Administration's program to connect classrooms to the Internet. He writes: "At the same time both of my children attended a Waldorf school. I wish parents who surround their children with technology and adult-created graphic images asearly as 2 years old would realize that they are robbing their children of their greatest treasureand skill - being a child."
New York Times Letters to the Editor, Published October 25, 2011

Articles and Books on Waldorf Educational Priciples

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
by Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, June 2, 2014

Knitting Is More Important Than Homework
by Mara Menachem, Creator, Haute Drop-OffHuffington Post, July, 2013.

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning
Student achievement was down. Teachers were demoralized. Until a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- helped students embrace their learning and retain their knowledge. Today the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.
Edutopia, Mariko Nobori, August 29, 2012

No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future
By now, we are all familiar with the conversation about American parenting and the concern with overscheduling. And there is a growing consensus that maybe our kids really are being run ragged by the pressure to perform and, to our credit, we are looking into the problem. 
Huffington Post, Kim John Payne, August 27, 2012

Raising Successful Children
Phrases like “tiger mom” and “helicopter parent” have made their way into everyday language. But does overparenting hurt, or help?
New York Times, Madeline Levine, August 4, 2012

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy
Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.
The Atlantic Magazine, Lori Gottleib, July/August 2011

NYT: Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum
The "Play Movement" addresses the fact that too little playtime may seem to rank far down on the list of society's worries, but scientists, psychologists, educators and others say that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through childhood play. 
New York Times, January 5, 2011 

The Flickering Mind:  The False Promise of Technology and How Learning Can Be Saved, by National Magazine Award winner and SF Waldorf parent Todd Oppenheimer, is a landmark account of the failure of technology to improve our schools and a call for renewed emphasis on what really works.

Other Links

Why Waldorf Works
The official site for Waldorf Education in North America.