Media & Technology Philosophy
Waldorf education has long been grounded in the belief that media exposure is counterproductive to the development of imagination and memory and the ability to entertain oneself, especially in the younger grades. While we know that most families have some media as part of the home experience, we encourage families to significantly limit or discontinue exposure to television, movies, video games, computers and other entertainment media. At the very minimum, we expect families to maintain a no-media policy during the school week.
More and more education and human development research bears out the negative effects of large amounts of media on children, particularly in the preschool and grade-school years.
We acknowledge that this can be a difficult transition, especially if the student has had a lot of media interaction prior to Waldorf school attendance. We are supportive of our families making this transition and can offer many solutions and reference materials.
Our friends at Marin Waldorf School produced the video below, which we feel is well worth a look at.