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.

 


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ABOUT WALDORF EDUCATION-

Click on the links to see news broadcast videos profiling Waldorf schools.

Network News Television, Video & Broadcast Media:

Media Source News Segment Title   Origin
Reporter, Becky Vevea on WBEZ
interviews Olivia Love-Halestadt for "Student Stories" on Chicago Public Radio
Reforming Education: Waldorf Student Speaks
 - Olivia's Full Radio Interview
 - Olivia's Winning Essay on Education Reform
 - WBEZ's Profiles of the selected students
  7-22-14
WBEZ Education reporter, Linda Lutton,
Profiles "The Waldorf Approach to Reading" on Chicago Public Radio
Waldorf 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
Discusses "How Children Learn" with
Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch, cognitive neuroscientist
The Waldorf Way   8-28-13
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 from 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 Interviews Students & Teachers Education Unplugged: Waldorf Students Speak   11-30-11


 

National Print Media Articles on Waldorf Education:

Newspaper / Magazine Source Article Title   Origin
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   5-1-13
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   Origin Dateline
New York Times-Science Section 
by Maria Konnikova
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades   6-2-14
Sunday NY Times- Op Ed Column 
by Thomas L. Friedman
How to Get a Job at Google   2-22-14
Psychology Today Magazine 
by William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain: Cursive Writing Makes Kids Smarter   2-3-14
The Guardian  A lecture by Neil Gaiman in London's daily national newspaper 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
Excerpt from "The Big Disconnect"
Salon Magazine
Tech Is Killing Childhood   8-12-13
Lifehacker The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains   12-5-12
Op Ed by Michael Graves
The New York Times
Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing   9-1-12
Education by Matt Richtel-
The New York Times
Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say   11-1-12
Education & Health by Alix Spiegel-
National Public Radio
Struggle For Smarts? Eastern & Western Cultures Tackle Learning   11-12-12
On Being with Krista Tippett-
American Public Media
A World Through the Hands: Renate Hiller on Handwork   8-3-10
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- Grading the Digital School Inflating the Software Report Card   10-8-11
NYTimes- Business Day/Technology In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores   9-3-11
New York Times Magazine The Twitter Trap   7-18-11

 

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