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
Reporter, Becky Vevea on WBEZ
interviews Olivia Love-Halestadt on Education Reform for "Student Stories" on Chicago Public Radio
A Waldorf Student Speaks Her Mind:
 - Olivia's Full Radio Interview
 - Olivia's Essay on Education Reform
 - WBEZ's Profiles of the selected students
WBEZ Education reporter, Linda Lutton,
Profiles "The Waldorf Approach to Reading" on Chicago Public Radio
Chicago Waldorf School Teaches Knitting and Stories as the Focus for Literacy, Not Phonics   5-31-12
Newsday Profiles L.I. Waldorf School
(video & article)
Garden City's Waldorf School Takes 'No-Tech' Approach in Lower Grades   3-22-14
CNN News Report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Reporting on "The Waldorf Way"
Discussing Waldorf education and How Children Learn
with Dr. Kalbfleisch, cognitive neuroscientist
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   9-13-12
CNN Profile of a Waldorf School Silicon Valley School With No Computers   3-13-12
FOX 29: Philadelphia Waldorf Schools: Unplugged on Purpose   2-5-12
MS-NBC Segment: Education Nation The Waldorf Way Eschews Technology   11-30-11
CBS Profile of Waldorf Education "Going Retro"- No Computers in Classrooms   12-5-11
MS-NBC Profiles Students & Teachers Education Unplugged: Waldorf Speaks Out   11-30-11



National Print Media Articles on Waldorf Education:

Newspaper / Magazine Source Article Title   Date
Seattle Refined / KOMOnews.com
Where students swim & bike to school
A 'No Technology' School: The Waldorf Approach in Seattle's Waldorf High School   9-16-14
CNN's Asia Bureau "On China"
Waldorf Schools in high demand
The Rise of Alternative Education in China   3-27-14
New Yorker Magazine (full article) (source)
& (slideshow) of Waldorf Schools in China
Class Consciousness: China’s New Bourgeoisie Discovers Alternative Education   2-3-14
Crain's Chicago Business
(Featuring CWS parent, Kevin Rooney)
Parents Weigh Costs and Benefits of Private Education   7-18-13
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   10-1-13
Chicago Parent Magazine
(Feature profiling CWS parent & teachers)
How Chicago Families Can Simplify Their Summer   7-1-13
The Atlantic Magazine
(Featuring a Chicago dad's perspective)
My Waldorf-Student Son Believes in Gnomes
—and That's Fine With Me
New York Times
(Sunday Times front-page article)
A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute   10-23-11
New York Times: Sunday Review Sunday Dialogue: Using Technology to Teach   10-29-11
AsiaOne News (AFP)
(Waldorf Schools Grow In China)
China Starts to Question Strict Schooling Methods   3-13-12
Orion Magazine Unplugged Schools: Education Can Ameliorate, or Exacerbate, Society's Ills   Sept- 07



National Articles on Education Supporting Waldorf Principles:

Newspaper / Magazine Source Article Title   Date
The Blog (HuffPost-Education) 
by Michael Mulligan
The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager   11-20-14
The Washington Post 
by Lauren Knight
10 Ways To Get Your Kids Out In Nature,and Why It Matters   10-21-14
Wired Magazine 
by David Edwards
American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist   10-17-14
New York Times- Style Section 
by Nick Bilton
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent   9-10-14
by Cris Rowan
Left To Their Own Devices?: Ten reasons not to use technology for learning in grade school.   9-1-14
Professor Peter Gray's TED Talk
covers neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology and education.
"The Decline of Play: And Rise of Mental Disorders"
 Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development
New York Times-Science
by Maria Konnikova
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades   6-2-14
NY Times- Op Ed Column 
by Thomas L. Friedman
How to Get a Job at Google
(from the Sunday Op Ed section)
Psychology Today Magazine 
William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain: Cursive Writing Makes Kids Smarter   2-3-14
The Guardian:  by Neil Gaiman  England's national daily paper Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading & Daydreaming   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.   9-18-13
Salon Magazine Tech Is Killing Childhood (fr. 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 
by Valerie Strauss
Homework: An Unnecessary Evil?...Surprising Findings From New Research   11-26-12
Education: Alix Spiegel
National Public Radio
Struggle For Smarts? Eastern & Western Cultures Tackle Learning   11-12-12
Education by Matt Richtel-
The New York Times
Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say   11-1-12
Op Ed by Michael Graves
The New York Times
Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing   9-1-12
Kim John Payne-
Simplicity Parenting
Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question: Healing Our Kids' Soul With Simplicity   3-12-12
CNN's Global Public Square Rebellion of an Innovation Mom: Entrepreneurs Need Creativity   6-5-11
New York Times: Tech Bits/Business Technology, Schools and a Big Black Bug   10-22-11
The Atlantic- Health Column Feature All Work & No Play: Why Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed   10-12-11
NYTimes- Technology Grading the Digital School: Inflating the Software Report Card   10-8-11
NYTimes- Business/Technology In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores   9-3-11
On Being with Krista Tippett-
American Public Media
A World Through the Hands: Renate Hiller on Handwork   8-3-10
New York Times Magazine The Twitter Trap   7-18-11

Waldorf School Profile Videos Explain Core Principles of Waldorf Education:

Video Title / Video Source Organization   Date
Chicago Waldorf School Alumni Speak 
A video of CWS alumni perspectives
The Chicago Waldorf School   3-20-12
In the Early Childhood classroom
A sense of wonder infuses the children
The Chicago Waldorf School   1-10-12
Preparing for Life 
About core values in Waldorf Education
Waldorf School of the Peninsula   12-6-13
What is Waldorf Education? The Austin Waldorf School   10-17-13
Why Waldorf? The Marin Waldorf School   2-17-12
Half Magic View of a Beautiful World Interview with Kim John Payne   6-8-09