Beginning with the recent New York Times article about Waldorf Education and technology, Waldorf schools have been receiving tremendous attention in the news this fall.
In response to discussions about the role of technology in the classroom, Patrice Maynard wrote the following letter to the editor of the NY Times:
To the Editors,
The right tool at the right time is the slogan that reflects the view of the child we hold in Waldorf Education.
People and life are the right tools for little ones: play, imitating older folk, learning how to jump, run, coordinate arms and legs, laugh, sleep, breathe. The little child’s tool is itself!
In middle childhood all tools are for learning competence and integration. With a healthy body and a strong heart the child can sing, count, calculate, play an instrument, dance, act things out, memorize, draw, paint, investigate the wonders of the world, and imagine the world beyond what is known. Through this era an enthusiastic student emerges.
Then come sophisticated tools of compass, drafting materials, microscopes, computers, stage lighting, microphones and kilns – when the student knows what is needed and what needs to be done. The student remains the master and the inventions remain the tools.
Patrice Maynard, M.Ed. Leader, Outreach & Development Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Ghent, New York
Photo: Jim Wilson/New York Times
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