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Newsweek, May 2015
What Makes Private and Independent Schools Special? By Newsweek Educational Insight

To learn is to expand your viewpoint, to gain knowledge and to inspire success within yourself and in others around you. It is the greatest and most valuable activity you can pursue. And the same goes for your children. A quality education is the soundest investment you can offer them. Locating the right school to bring out the best in them, one that fosters their ambitions and sets them on the path to delivering their goals, is the most important assistance you can ever provide as a parent. Click here to read full article.

New York Times, May 16, 2015

Let the Kids Learn Through Play By David Kohnmay

TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal education now starts at age 4 or 5. Without this early start, the thinking goes, kids risk falling behind in crucial subjects such as reading and math, and may never catch up.

The idea seems obvious: Starting sooner means learning more; the early bird catches the worm.

But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; Click here to read full article.

Newsday, March 22, 2014

Garden City's Waldorf School Takes 'No-Tech' Approach in Lower Grades By Alejandra Villa 

The Waldorf School of Garden City, New Jersey, is cutting against the societal trend and shunning technology for elementary school students. They have no technology, encourage a "no screen" policy at home and go outside in any weather. The school, with 353 students in preschool through 12th grade, bans technology in its preschool and elementary school and gradually introduces it in middle school. In the high school grades, technology usage is fully integrated into learning. Click here to read full article.

LA Times, Oct. 27, 2013

Scrap the i-pads, Keep the Pianos  By Jeff Lantos

If you want a device that can inspire, critique, counsel and put on a show, get a teacher.

The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me? Because I was there in 1986 when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms. Click here to read full article...

Tedx Talks,  May 8, 2013

Educating Children For The Journey: Jack Petrash at TEDxRockCreekPark (video)

Years ago asbestos was considered the "miracle fiber." Now it is considered highly toxic. What can we teach our children today that will continue to be relevant to them in a future world we cannot possibly envision? This fascinating talk explores the three basic capacities that must be developed in children to give them the tools to successfully engage in our rapidly transforming time.

CBS News, December 5, 2011

Silicon Valley school: No Computers in Classrooms (video)

As teachers across the country turn to laptops and iPads as education tools, one school in Silicon Valley, Calif., has actually banned computers.


NBC Nightly News, November 30, 2011

The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley School Eschews Technology By Rehema Ellis

From the moment you walk into the Waldorf School of the Peninsula there are clear signs that something different is happening. Allysun Sokolowski, a third-grade teacher, greets each one of her 29 students by name and shakes their hand as they enter the classroom

Boston Globe, November 20, 2011

How College Prep is Killing High School  By Russell W. Rumberger

A narrowing focus means more dropouts, says an expert. The Boston Globe reports on educational research that shows how Americans' view of high school needs to change. "A long-term study by sociologist John Clausen tracked children born in the Great Depression for six decades and found that those whose lives turned out best—who obtained more education, had lower rates of divorce, had more orderly careers, achieved higher occupational status, and experienced fewer life crises such as unemployment—shared something he labeled “planful competence,” a combination of dependability, intellectual involvement, and self-confidence. Those factors, he found, didn’t necessarily correspond to higher education or test scores. “There’s nothing that predicts better,” he wrote “than what they were like in high school.”

New York Times, October 23, 2011

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute By Matt Richtel

New York Times education series continues on why Silicon Valley, Google, and other high-tech parents choose to educate their children in low-tech Waldorf schools.