Up with pencils, up with books



early 20th century classroom photo

Silicon Valley is kicking it old school.
(Photo by Caitlyn Willows)

Scorners of digital-learning initiatives have
found a few powerful and unlikely allies. At the Waldorf School of the
Peninsula, set deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, children of higher-ups from
Google, Apple, and eBay learn through creative, hands-on tasks. There is not
one computer or smartboard or tablet to be found. And School of the Peninsula
isn’t alone in its methods; nationwide, there are over 160 Waldorf schools
(most but not all of them private). While digital instruction surely works for
some, others find comfort and success in a more holistic and physically
engaging classroom. To which Gadfly says: Great! We’d never think to ask all
parents to ascribe to the same religion, sign their children up for the same
extracurricular activities, or feed them like meals. Prescribing one educational
model for all families would be equally as foolish. Different strokes…

A
Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute
,” by Matt Ritchel, New York
Times
, October 22, 2011.

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