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.


COMPUTERLESS CLASSROOMS: CNN Profiles Waldorf’s Intentional "SLOW" APPROACH to Media & Technology


A "Low-tech"  WALDORF EDUCATION embraced by Silicon Valley Execs



Click on the red linked texts to see news broadcast videos profiling Waldorf schools.

Network News Television, Video & Broadcast Media:

Media Source News Segment Title   Date
WBEZ Radio's "Student Stories"
the interview, the essay, the profiles 
Waldorf Student, Olivia Love-Halestadt, Speaks Her Mind on Education Reform for Chicago Public Radio:
 - Olivia's Full Radio Interview
 - Olivia's Essay on Education Reform
WBEZ, Chicago Radio Chicago Waldorf School Teaches Knitting and Stories as the Focus for Literacy, Not Phonics, by education reporter Linda Lutton, for Chicago Public Radio   5-31-12
Newsday Garden City's Waldorf School Takes 'No-Tech' Approach in Lower Grades (video & article)   3-22-14
CNN News Discussing "The Waldorf Way: How Children Learn"
with Dr. Sanjay Gupta & Dr. Kalbfleisch, cognitive neuroscientist
New York Times Education Conference Schools for Tomorrow- Building a Better Teacher
Go directly to the segment "Head to Head" (34:34) to see Lucy Wurtz, Waldorf School of the Peninsula
CNN News A Silicon Valley School With No Computers   3-13-12
FOX News Waldorf Schools: Unplugged on Purpose
Profile of Waldorf Schools by Philadelphia's FOX Affiliate
MS-NBC News The Waldorf Way Eschews Technology
Segment from "Education Nation"
CBS News "Going Retro"- No Computers in Classrooms
A Profile of Waldorf education
MS-NBC News Education Unplugged: Waldorf Speaks Out
Profiles of Students and Teachers



National Media Articles on Waldorf Education:

Publication Source Article Title   Date
The Independent School Magazine (NAIS) Sir Ken Robinson Opens Up About Learning
A noted author, educator and cultural critic discusses the benefits of Personalized Education.
The Independent Into the Wild - Ireland's First Nature Kindergarten
A new kindergarten in Wicklow believes nature is the best educator. For Life Parenting.
Seattle Refined A 'No Technology' School: The Waldorf Approach in Seattle's Waldorf High School, by Tonya Mosley   9-16-14
CNN's Asia Bureau The Rise of Alternative Education in China
Waldorf Schools in high demand in China
The New Yorker Magazine
(scan), (source) & (slideshow)
Class Consciousness: China’s New Bourgeoisie Discovers Alternative Education   2-3-14
Crain's Chicago Business Parents Weigh Costs and Benefits of Private Education
Featuring CWS parent, Kevin Rooney, profiled
The Telegraph: London's daily paper Tilda Swinton Promotes Steiner Schools and Defends Parents Opting Out of State Education   10-1-13
Chicago Parent Magazine How Chicago Families Can Simplify Their Summer
Feature profiles CWS parent & teachers
The Atlantic Magazine My Waldorf-Student Son Believes in Gnomes
—and That's Fine With Me
New York Times A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute
Front-page article in the Sunday Times
New York Times: Sunday Review Sunday Dialogue: Using Technology to Teach
Readers React to the Silicon Valley Article (above)
AsiaOne News (AFP) China Starts to Question Strict Schooling Methods
Waldorf Schools Grow In China
Orion Magazine Unplugged Schools: Education Can Ameliorate, or Exacerbate, Society's Ills   Sept- 07



National Articles on Education Supporting Waldorf Principles:

Newspaper / Source Article Title   Date
The New York Times Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children, by Jane Brody   7-6-15
The Boston Globe Is the Common Core Killing Kindergarten?, by Chris Berdik   6-14-15
NPR- All Things Considered Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods, by Emily Hanford   5-26-15
NY Times-Sunday Review Let the Kids Learn Through Play, by David Kohn   5-16-15
Nature: An International Weekly Journal of Science The Myopia Boom: Short-Sightedness is Reaching Epidemic Proportions, by Elie Dolgin   3-18-15
The Washington Post Letting Kids Move In Class Isn’t A Break From Learning. It IS Learning, by Valerie Strauss   1-19-15
HuffPost- Education The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager, by Michael Mulligan   11-20-14
The Washington Post 10 Ways To Get Your Kids Out In Nature,and Why It Matters, by Lauren Knight, for the On Parenting Feature   10-21-14
Wired Magazine American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist, by David Edwards   10-17-14
The New York Times Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent, by Nick Bilton
Apple's Founder Held Back on Tech for His Kids
Mercatornet Left To Their Own Devices? Ten reasons not to use technology for learning in grade school, by Cris Rowan   9-1-14
A TED Talk "The Decline of Play: And Rise of Mental Disorders,"
Professor/Dr. Peter Gray documents why free play is essential for a child's healthy social and emotional growth
The New York Times What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades, by Maria Konnikova
New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Science section
The New York Times How to Get a Job at Google, by Thomas L. Friedman
(from the Sunday Op Ed section)
Psychology Today What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain: Cursive Writing Makes Kids Smarter, by William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D   2-3-14
The Guardian Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading & Daydreaming, by Neil Gaiman, for England's National Daily   10-15-13
Aeon Magazine The Play Deficit: Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up, by Peter Gray   9-18-13
Salon Magazine Tech Is Killing Childhood, by Catherine Steiner-Adair (from her book: The Big Disconnect)   8-12-13
Lifehacker The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains   12-5-12
The Washington Post Homework: An Unnecessary Evil?...Surprising Findings From New Research, by Valerie Strauss   11-26-12
National Public Radio Struggle For Smarts? Eastern & Western Cultures Tackle Learning. by Alix Spiegel, for their Education Feature   11-12-12
The New York Times Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say, by Matt Richtel, for Education   11-1-12
The New York Times Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing, by Michael Graves, for the Sunday Op Ed Section   9-1-12
Simplicity Parenting Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question: Healing Our Kids' Soul With Simplicity, by Kim John Payne   3-12-12
CNN Global Rebellion of an Innovation Mom: Entrepreneurs Need Creativity, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, for the Global Public Square   6-5-11
The New York Times Technology, Schools and a Big Black Bug, by Matt Richtel, for Tech Bits/Business   10-22-11
The Atlantic All Work & No Play: Why Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed, by Esther Entin, for the Health Column Feature   10-12-11
The New York Times Grading the Digital School: Inflating the Software Report Card, by Trip Gabriel, for the Business Day/Technology section   10-8-11
The New York Times In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores, by Matt Richtel, Business/Technology Feature   9-3-11
National Public Radio A World Through the Hands: Renate Hiller on Handwork, by Krista Tippett, for On Being, American Public Media   8-3-10
NY Times Magazine The Twitter Trap, by Bill Keller
A Dad Faces His Daughter's Entrance Into Social Media

Aspects of Waldorf Education Analyzed in Academic Journals:

Journal / Source Article Title   Date
International Journal of Play Play's Relation to Health and Well-being in Preschool and Kindergarten: a Waldorf (Steiner) Education Perspective by Elisa J. Sobo   3-10-14
Environmental Discourses in Science Education

The Sustainable Farm School—Waldorf Philosophy and EcoJustice Theory in Aesthetic Contexts by Love et al.

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

A Look at Waldorf and Montessori Education in the Early Childhood Programs by Barbara Shell

Why Waldorf Works- Articles Library

This Library Archive of Education Articles comes from AWSNA and the Online Waldorf Library

Theory Into Practice Journal

Educating the Whole Child, "Head, Heart, and Hands": Learning from the Waldorf Experience by Freda Easton

  Spring 1997


Waldorf School Profile Videos Explain Core Principles of Waldorf Education:

Video Title / Video Source Organization   Date
Chicago Waldorf School Alumni Speak The Chicago Waldorf School
A video of CWS alumni perspectives
In the Early Childhood classroom The Chicago Waldorf School
A sense of wonder infuses the children
Survey of Waldorf Alumni  Waldorf Schools Worldwide
A slide show of well known Waldorf alumni
Preparing for Life Waldorf School of the Peninsula
About core values in Waldorf Education
Why Waldorf? The Marin Waldorf School
A Film about Waldorf Education
Half Magic View of a Beautiful World Interview with Kim John Payne   6-8-09