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Waldorf Students Exhibit with Other Artists in the Neighborhood

Join Chicago Waldorf School at this year's

Edgewater Fall Art Fair 2014

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 27th & 28th

 

A number of CWS student artists will be featured in this year's "Young Artists Gallery." exhibiting the work of local grade school and high school students. Visit the gallery and storefront on Granville between Broadway and Kenmore from 11am to 6pm on both days. And then see the rest of the festival including 100 exhibiting artists, listen to live music on 3 stages, enjoy the young Children's Activity Corner and Children's Music Talent showcase .

 

 Come out and support our student artists!

For more information about the fair visit:  http://edgewaterartists.com

Chicago Waldorf will be participating with students from eight area schools:

Tech’s Top Guru Actually Practiced Tech-Free Parenting

Add Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of--and many would argue; the guiding spirit and embodiment of his company--Apple Computers to the growing list of tech execs who preserved "Low-Tech" childhoods for their kids. Many leaders in the Tech industry are sending their kids to Waldorf schools across the country. This profile of Steve Jobs, in last weeks New York Times, shows that the Jobs family followed the practices and embraced the same core values about child development that have been held by Waldorf Schools for the last 100 years. Kids don't need computers until they get older! Nothing is lost by having them wait; and in fact much is gained by the focus and interpersonal experiences students have when they aren't distracted by technology and mobile media. Need we say more? Lets let Steve's family's home life explain the rest...

 

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Publisher: the NEW YORK TIMES    /    By Nick Bilton   /    SEPT. 10, 2014

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.

“Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things,” he said. “No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.”

Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends. I was perplexed by this parenting style. After all, most parents seem to take the opposite approach, letting their children bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers, day and night. Yet these tech C.E.O.’s seem to know something that the rest of us don’t....

Here is the full article at the New York Times. And here is a video and media archive if you'd like to read more about Waldorf Education in the News.

“The Waldorf Approach” is featured in Seattle News

Waldorf Schools around the globe share the same measured approach to screens, digital media, smart-phones, computer games and interactions in online communities and social media. In the Waldorf view, these are all great aspects and experiences of our modern society, but NOT FOR GROWING KIDS! They are NOT necessary--in fact they are distractions from --the educational, emotional, and developmental needs of the growing child.

Professionals in theTech industry know this, even Steve Jobs knew this (and prohibited his kids from using ipads and digital devices at home)! Network News Channels have been covering a growing trend in the education field for families who are seeking out schools and educational models that focus on their students' experiences rooted in the here and now, the tangible world, and in personal connections and face-to-face communications. Here is the latest profile, from Seattle Refined/KOMO News of "The Waldorf Approach" to education, as showcased at the Seattle Waldorf High School. Read excerpts below or read the entire article here.

 

A "No Technology" School: The Waldorf Approach

Seattle Refined & KOMO News     /     By Tonya Mosley    /      Published: Sep 16, 2014


On the first day of school, Tracy Bennett and staff members at Seattle’s Waldorf High School stood on the shores of Lake Washington to welcome one of its students. The high schooler had swam across the lake from his home on the eastside to class at his high school’s new home in Magnuson Park.

Several other students rode in on their bicycles, and only a handful arrived by car.

“That’s our students,” chuckled Bennett, the head of administration at the only Waldorf high school in the state. “They’re always on the move.”

Educators at the Waldorf School in Seattle take a lot of pride in showing off just how handy, athletic and artistic their students are. The high school students are, after all, on the last leg of their Waldorf experience – a culmination of 12 years of education almost entirely free of television, video games, computers and smartphones. 

Said Bennett about Waldorf parents, “They want their children to be children. We are not anti-technology. We just believe it is one tool in the box.”

Brenda Baker, admissions and coordinator for Waldorf continues. “It’s about developing and honing the power of observation. Our students are highly curious and creative. The sensory experience gets to the heart of learning. Bringing in technology at a later age gives them the tools to discern the best times to use it.”

Here is the full article. If you'd like to see more national media coverage of Waldorf eduation, please view the "Waldorf In the News" archive.

Welcome New 2014-15 CWS Faculty

The Parent Teacher Organization welcomes all new (and returning) families to Chicago Waldorf School. To help introduce you to the members of our community, here are profiles of new faculty who have joined our school (or taken on new responsibilities). We welcome these experienced teachers, active parents and especially our fantastic Waldorf alumni; many who are bringing their love of Waldorf education back to the school. They have come full cycle to return as teachers and mentors to the children.

Here is the September 2014 PTO Voices newsletter:

 

We are very excited to introduce the New Faculty for the 2014-2015 school year.
Let’s give this talented and enthusiastic group a warm CWS welcome!

New Faculty for 2014-2015