Waldorf Education In the News

Waldorf Schools offer a distinctive pedagogy that often garners national and local media attention for its unique and innovative characteristics. At the core of Waldorf education are principles of child development that have inspired many commentators' attention in the national discussion on how we learn and how to best teach our children. Waldorf schools demonstrate the effectiveness of teaching that focuses on learning through the body, through movement, storytelling, observation and in social interactions at a simpler, awe-inspiring, and care-filled pace that focuses the child's attention on excellence, beauty, intuitiveness and discipline. These characteristics instill rigor, confidence, motivation, independence, and a lifelong love of learning in our students.





Click on the left-hand column links to see news broadcast videos profiling Waldorf schools.

Network News Television, Video & Broadcast Media:

Media Source News Segment Title   Origin Post Date
Education reporter, Linda Lutton on WBEZ
Profiles "The Waldorf Approach to Reading" on Chicago Public Radio
Waldorf Teaches Knitting and Stories as the Focus for Literacy, Not Phonics   May 31, 2012
Newsday Profiles L.I. Waldorf School
(video & article)
Garden City's Waldorf School Takes 'No-Tech' Approach in Lower Grades   March 22, 2014

CNN News Report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Discusses "How Children Learn" with Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch, cognitive neuroscientist

The Waldorf Way   Aug 28, 2013

Schools for Tomorrow Conference - Building a Better Teacher

Panel discussion in this NY Times sponsored education conference

Go directly to the segment "Head to Head" (34:34) to see Lucy Wurtz, from the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in discussion with Ted Brodheim COO of E-Pals   Sept 13, 2012
CNN Profile of a Waldorf School Silicon Valley School With No Computers   Mar 13, 2012
FOX 29: Philadelphia Waldorf Schools: Unplugged on Purpose   Feb 5, 2012
MS-NBC Segment from Education Nation The Waldorf Way Eschews Technology   Nov 30, 2011
CBS Profile of Waldorf Education "Going Retro"- No Computers in Classrooms   Dec 5, 2011
MS-NBC Interviews Students & Teachers Education Unplugged:
Waldorf Speaks Its Mind
  Nov 30, 2011


National Print Media Articles on Waldorf Education:

Newspaper / Magazine Source Article Title   Origin Dateline
CNN's Asia Bureau "On China"
Waldorf Schools in high demand
The Rise of Alternative Education in China   Mar 27, 2014

New Yorker Magazine (full article) (source)
& (slideshow) of Waldorf Schools in China

Class Consciousness: China’s New Bourgeoisie Discovers Alternative Education   Feb 3, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business
(Featuring CWS parent, Kevin Rooney)
Parents Weigh Costs and Benefits of Private Education   Sept 18, 2013
The Telegraph
London daily covering the United Kingdom
(Profiling Waldorf parent, Tilda Swinton)
Tilda Swinton Promotes Steiner Schools and Defends Parents' Right to Opt Out of State Education   Oct 1, 2013
Chicago Parent Magazine
(Feature profiling CWS parent & teachers)
How Chicago Families Can Simplify Their Summer   July 1, 2013
The Atlantic Magazine
(Featuring a Chicago dad's perspective)
My Waldorf-Student Son Believes in Gnomes—and That's Fine With Me   April 1, 2013
New York Times
(Sunday Times front-page article)
A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute   Oct 23, 2011
New York Times: Sunday Review Sunday Dialogue: Using Technology to Teach   Oct 29, 2011
AsiaOne News (AFP)
(Waldorf Schools Grow In China)
China Starts to Question Strict Schooling Methods   March 13, 2012
Orion Magazine Unplugged Schools: Education can ameliorate, or exacerbate, society's ills.   Sept/Oct, 2007



National Articles on Education Supporting Waldorf Principles:


Newspaper / Magazine Source Article Title   Origin Dateline
New York Times-Science Section 
by Maria Konnikova
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades   June 2, 2014
Sunday NY Times- Op Ed Column 
by Thomas L. Friedman
How to Get a Job at Google   Feb 22, 2014
Psychology Today Magazine 
by William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain: Cursive Writing Makes Kids Smarter   Feb 3, 2014
The Guardian  A lecture by Neil Gaiman in London's daily national newspaper Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading & Daydreaming   Oct 15, 2013
Aeon Magazine

The Play Deficit: Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up.   Sept 18, 2013
Excerpt from "The Big Disconnect"
Salon Magazine
Tech Is Killing Childhood   Aug 12, 2013
Lifehacker The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains   Dec 5, 2012
Op Ed by Michael Graves
The New York Times
Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing   Sept 1, 2012
Education by Matt Richtel-
The New York Times
Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say   Nov 1, 2012
Education & Health by Alix Spiegel-
National Public Radio
Struggle For Smarts? Eastern & Western Cultures Tackle Learning   Nov 12, 2012
On Being with Krista Tippett-
American Public Media
A World Through the Hands: Renate Hiller on Handwork   August 3, 2010
Kim John Payne- Simplicity Parenting Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question: Healing Our Kids' Soul With Simplicity   March 12, 2012
CNN's Global Public Square Rebellion of an Innovation Mom: Entrepreneurs Need Creativity   June, 5 2011
New York Times: Tech Bits/Business Technology, Schools and a Big Black Bug   Oct 22, 2011
The Atlantic- Health Column Feature All Work & No Play: Why Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed   Oct 12, 2011
NYTimes- Grading the Digital School Inflating the Software Report Card   Oct 8, 2011
NYTimes- Business Day/Technology In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores   Sept 3, 2011
New York Times Magazine The Twitter Trap   May 18, 2011


Waldorf education videos on principles core to the philosophy of human development:

Video Title / Video Source Organization   Posting Dateline
Chicago Waldorf School Alumni Speak 
A video of CWS alumni perspectives
The Chicago Waldorf School   Mar 20, 2012
In the Early Childhood classroom
a sense of wonder infuses the children
The Chicago Waldorf School   Jan 10, 2012
Preparing for Life 
About core values in Waldorf Education
Waldorf School of the Peninsula   Dec 6, 2013
What is Waldorf Education? The Austin Waldorf School   Oct 17, 2013
Why Waldorf? The Marin Waldorf School   Feb 17, 2012
Half Magic view of a Beautiful World Interview with Kim John Payne   Jun 8, 2009