Waldorf school media policies have been an issue on the front burner since Waldorf schools and media have been around. Now, with the rapidly increasing use of media by children and families in school, at work and at home, the topic takes on even greater importance.
Filmaker Paul Zehrer has produced an excellent video for the Marin Waldorf School on media and how it touches children’s and families’ lives. It’s up-to-date, fast-paced, informative and a must-see for teachers, parents and families.
“I think a lot of families get very focused, in particular on the media policy.” – Dave Mandelbrot, Digital Media Executive
“You’re getting into really dangerous water when you start talking about people’s screens, like TVs, computer games, phones.” -Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting
“I don’t want my kid being babysat by the television set, and we got a lot of friends who it turned out were totally fine with that.” -Andy Berkenfield, Ad Executive
“I heard a rumor that the kids can not have watched TV or movies, or they can’t even get into a Waldorf school.” -Dorian Van Cleve, Prospective Parent
“The stereotypes and the negative things I hear are from people who usually have no idea and they just feel like we are being sheltered too much.” -Bonnie Campbell, MWS Alumna
“It’s impossible not to have your kid exposed to it by a certain age.” -George Tanaka, MD
“Seven and a half hours a day is the national average of direct screen exposure. Two of indirect screen time takes it up to nine and a half.” -Kim John Payne
“These children are much like sponges, and totally soak up every single sound and sight.” -Rob Harrington, Class Teacher
“They are inundated with adult imagery.” -Karen Rivers, Waldorf Educator
“If you’re paying attention to what’s on television, most of it is sarcastic, cynical or hurtful.” -Kristine Deason, MWS Class Teacher
“You can see the affect of media, internet, email, and texting just in our own lives. It’s portrayed as liberating as we connect to the world, but I think it does the opposite.” -George Tanaka, MD