CNN recently reported on a Silicon Valley phenomenon in which parents in the tech industry send their kids to schools designed to avoid technology. At the school featured in the report, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, there is not a computer to be found.
These parents, such as the eBay executive featured in the report, believe there’s time for technology outside of school, and that the classroom should be a place for more social, natural learning activities. Children bounce balls. They use chalkboards. They tug at ropes fitted in pulleys. At the accredited Waldorf schools worldwide, an aversion to technology is not a core tenet. It’s more of a byproduct of the overall approach to education.