further reading

Our curriculum is one that's been studied far and wide. Browse our reading list to learn more about the global appeal of Waldorf.

Why waldorf works

"Each subject studied should contribute to the development of a well-balanced individual..." Read the full article.

parents saying no to homework

"We know from decades of research that the amount of homework our children do in elementary school has no effect on how much they learn. Competent teachers can get their messages across during class. Homework in that age group does little more than make parents feel better about the school." Read the full article from The Washington Post (September 28, 2014).

Corporate Influences on Children

In “The Kids Are Not All Right” (Op-Ed, Aug. 22), Joel Bakan laments the rise of childhood obesity and children’s exposure to things like “violent, sexual imagery,” and he advocates organized efforts to protect children from these corporate-sponsored ills. Read the full article.

Interview with Daniel Pink on the Conceptual Age and Waldorf Schools

 Daniel Pink is a horizontal thinker. He has had his hand in business, government, law, and writing among other things. He worked with U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and was formerly chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. He is a contributing editor of Wired magazine and an independent business consultant as well as a best-selling author who chronicles the changing of the work world. In his book “A Whole New Mind,” Pink argues that right-brained thinking will dominate and drive the new economy. Read the full article.

Playing to Learn

The Obama administration is planning some big changes to how we measure the success or failure of schools and how we apportion federal money based on those assessments. It’s great that the administration is trying to undertake reforms, but if we want to make sure all children learn, we will need to overhaul the curriculum itself. Our current educational approach — and the testing that is driving it — is completely at odds with what scientists understand about how children develop during the elementary school years and has led to a curriculum that is strangling children and teachers alike. Read the full article.

Wired for Distraction?

Most parents who worry about their kids’ online activity focus on the people or content their children might encounter: Are they being cyberbullied? Do they have access to age-inappropriate material? Can sexual predators reach them? What I worry about, as a sociobiologist, is not what my kids are doing on the Internet but what all this connectivity is doing to their brains. Read the full article.

Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum

Sarah Wilson was speaking proudly the other day when she declared: “My house is a little messy.” Read the full article.

A comparison of Waldorf and Montessori Education in the Early Childhood Programs

This comparison of Waldorf and Montessori educational philosophies is based on my personal experience as a teacher in both Montessori and Waldorf school systems. I would like to preface my remarks by stressing that there can be much difference from one classroom to another in any philosophy, due to the style and interpretation of the individual teacher. Read the full article.

The Creativity Crisis

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Read the full article.

Old Fashion Play Builds Serious Skills

On October 3, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television. As we all now know, the show quickly became a cultural icon, one of those phenomena that helped define an era. Read the full article.

Scientifically Tested Tests

As children, teachers and parents sprint, slink or stumble into the new school year, they also find themselves laboring once again in the shadow of standardized tests. That is a real shame, given that there are few indications that the multiple-choice format of a typical test, in which students are quizzed on the specific formulas and bits of information they have memorized that year, actually measures what we need to know about children’s education. Read the full article.

Playtime Is Over

Children today are growing up in a world vastly different from the one their parents knew. Our young people are more aware of threats to the global environment than they are of the natural world in their own backyards. Read the full article.

The pentatonic scale…neuroscientific research.

Today we live in a world in which the vicissitudes of economic life are profoundly effecting the ways in which we work, play and relate to others.  Our communities are changing more rapidly than our capacity to adapt and acquire new skills and habits. Read the full article.

Scholar’s School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate

Diane Ravitch, the education historian who built her intellectual reputation battling progressive educators and served in the first Bush administration’s Education Department, is in the final stages of an astonishing, slow-motion about-face on almost every stand she once took on American schooling. Once outspoken about the power of standardized testing, charter schools and free markets to improve schools, Dr. Ravitch is now caustically critical. Read the full article.

Watch How You Hold That Crayon

Noah Lascano, 8, had a problem: His teachers couldn’t read his handwriting. His homework became a frustrating exercise in writing once, and then, at the teacher’s request, writing again, just for legibility. Read the full article.