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14.11.2012

Changing Views on Education

There seems to have been a flurry of articles in the mainstream press over the last couple of months discussing the way academic studies are providing insights into how the modern world is affecting the development and education of children.  These studies appear to support the pedagogical structures in place in Steiner schools and the ‘age-appropriate’ nature of Steiner Waldorf education.

Here are a selection of those articles.

Social media limits pre-teens’ experiences, says neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield

Link to full article. Download the original TES_article as a pdf.

Ban under-threes from watching TV, says study

Prof Mitch Blair, officer for health promotion at the college, said: “Whether it’s mobile phones, games consoles, TVs or laptops, advances in technology mean children are exposed to screens for longer amounts of time than ever before. We are becoming increasingly concerned, as are paediatricians in several other countries, as to how this affects the rapidly developing brain in children and young people.”

Link to full article. Download Under threes and TV article as a pdf.

Steiner education works! German study shows

New research shows that Steiner students learn with more enthusiasm and interest, feel more supported, and know their strengths better than students in mainstream schools.

SWSF link. Original link (in German: use Google Translate to read if required!)

Boredom is good for children, says Oxford professor, because it encourages creativity

‘Boredom encourages creativity. Children’s bedrooms littered with bears receiving emergency treatment or dolls circumnavigating the turbulent “carpet seas” are everyday evidence of how boredom fires the imagination.’

Link to article. Download Boredom is good for children as a pdf.

Why Waldorf?

Finally, here is a wonderful film made by Marin Waldorf School with parents, children and other members of their school community demonstrating how our education works in practise, and why a parent should consider Steiner Waldorf education for their children.

 

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