How an English inner-city school used arts to skyrocket educational outcomes

Feversham Primary Academy is a pre-K to middle school in one of the most deprived and densely populated neighborhoods in northern England. The students are mostly first or second generation immigrants, and for 99% of them English is a second language. As recently as 2010 the school received a ‘failing’ designation by their educational watchdog….

Will attending a Waldorf School improve our children’s health?

As a parent of children at the Waldorf School of Baltimore I can attest to the value of Waldorf Education, based on my experience with my own children and their classmates. Clearly, however, this judgement is based on anecdotal, subjective observations. As a scientist who gravitates towards claims supported by hard data I always seek…

Screen time: At home and in the classroom

Many parents, myself included, struggle to balance the widespread use of electronic media devices (tablets, computers, etc) at many schools and at homes, with a desire that our children spend more time reading, playing with friends, and creating. The presence of these devices is overwhelming. For example, in 2012, 96% of 15-year-old students in OECD*…

How learning a second language improves brain development

One of the appealing aspects of the Waldorf Education curriculum is the emphasis on teaching a foreign language at elementary school, and continuing through all the school years. At Waldorf School of Baltimore, Spanish is taught as a foreign language. Señora Pasion, our Spanish teacher, begins working with our rising first grade students towards the…

No Homework?!

At the Waldorf School of Baltimore, students are assigned homework beginning only in the middle of third grade. Even then, the work is designed so that it usually requires only minutes to complete. As our students progress through the grades, the workload gradually increases. This reflects one of the important tenants of Waldorf Education – that…