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*…

Minecraft and Waldorf Education?!

Yes, we let our boys adventure with Minecraft, the award winning, addictive video game used by over 100 million people worldwide. Including many of our children’s classmates. And they savor the limited time they are allowed to explore this creative platform. In a recent article in the New York Times, Clive Thompson explores the history…

Why we chose Waldorf Education

While I’m very far from a Luddite, one of the reasons that we specifically chose a Waldorf education for our three children was the limitations on technology and media exposure at a young age, which allows them to develop a better sense of ‘self’ so that when they interact with media and technology they are…

WSB featured in Mt. Washington Life Magazine

Joh Crooks, writing for Mt. Washington Live magazine, published the article Academic Excellence in Focus, in which he described his (very positive) impressions of his recent visit to WSB.

Can video games be good for your child?

Many parents’ knee-jerk reaction to video games is that they are inherently bad for children. It is assumed that not only is it better to engage in more creative activities, but that video games might harm the developing brain. For example, it is thought that screen technologies cause abnormally high arousal, which, in turn, activates…

Children and electronic media

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their recommendations regarding exposure of children and adolescents to digital media. The authors of this policy statement remind us that, on average, 8 to 10year-olds spend nearly 8 hours a day with a variety of different media, and that older children and teenagers spend more than 11 hours…