Santa Barbara
71° F
Santa Maria
70° F
San Luis Obispo
71° F
68° F

Waldorf: The No-Tech Approach To Learning

By Beth Farnsworth, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor,
Published On: Nov 20 2013 06:28:09 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 20 2013 10:18:07 PM CST

If you're a parent with a high tech kid who is constantly texting or on their laptop... take a breath, there is another option. Beth Farnsworth has this report.

GOLETA, Calif. -

If you're a parent with a high-tech kid who is constantly texting or watching videos -- even during homework -- and you're fed up, there may be another option. 

'Schooling the head, hands and heart.' Without technology. That's the philosophy behind The Waldorf School's approach to teaching.

In this über competitive, technology-driven world, is this private school's way, perhaps, the better way? You decide.

"Everything about it is brought through music, drawing, movement," said Alecia Dodge, who teaches a 4th/5th combo grade at the Goleta school.    

To some, it's a step back in time when life was slower, simpler. To others, it might just seem like a step backwards.

"With practical skills in third grade they'll shear sheep and spin that wool and they'll knit. And it'll be all about mathematics and multiplication," said parent Kristy Wylie.

It's not memorization but movement that helps the first and second graders with their numbers. They stomp and clap their way through a math lesson.

"They engage the whole body and mind in all of learning," said Wylie. "I think that's how the truest understanding is brought into the child."

It is a mindset that has no need for technology. Even in 2013.

"When children are younger, I think they need to find who they are first," said parent Cindy Macy.

"If you're using an ipad, you're not learning to sing the song with the group, not interacting with the teachers," said Dodge. "If you're learning chalkboard drawing or drawing in your book or handwriting, you're not going to learn that on an ipad or computer."

But some wonder, is teaching children without the use of technology up until eighth grade, doing them a disservice in the long run?

We asked Sam Goodman, a Waldorf graduate and now in 11th grade at San Marcos High School.

"At school, I think it was a good thing that we didn't have a lot of technology because I don't know, it doesn't help learning as much as its made out to," said Goodman.

He admits that he had an ipod by 7th grade and his father works in software, but sees how a complete lack of technology for some would be difficult once they mainstream into public school by 9th grade.

"I don't think they need to exclusively not have it, but I don't think it would be harmful if they did."

Other differences that set Waldorf apart from public schools: The average class size is 14, and students stay with their same teacher from kindergarten up through eighth grade.

There is currently a waiting list for the preschool and kindergarten classes.

You'll find admission and other information on their website at


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • State Street Benches Gone

    Benches Removed in Two Block Area of Downtown Santa Barbara

    Benches have been removed in a two block area of State Street between Haley and Ortega Streets in downtown Santa Barbara.  The city says they are being cleaned and repaired.

  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff s candidates forum

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff Candidates Face-Off

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff candidates squared-off at a candidates forum Wednesday night.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • Roger Aceves Runs for Santa Barbara County Supervisor Seat

    Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves is running for Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards for Acts of Heroism

    Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards For Acts of Heroism

    The Santa Barbara Police Department recognized some ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. An awards ceremony was held Wednesday to recognize the acts of heroism.

    Each year officers nominate those in our community who they feel are deserving of the "Extra Step Awards" These awards recognize acts of heroism that include saving lives and aiding officers in fighting crime.

    A total of 8 people received the prestigious annual award sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara. They include:

    Daniel Green
    Mr. Green, Head of Security Operations at the Wildcat Lounge, assisted SBPD officers on multiple occasions in 2013 dealing with combative subjects and with alcohol-related, narcotics, and DUI investigations.  He was nominated by Officer Ethan Ragsdale.

    Thomas Eck
    Mr. Eck, the Santa Barbara High School Track Coach, prevented a felony fugitive from stealing a van and potentially driving through a crowd of student athletes and spectators leaving a track meet at Santa Barbara City College.  He was nominated by Officer Carl Kamin.

    William Barbaree & Nicholas McGilvray
    Mr. Barbaree and Mr. McGilvray performed lifesaving first aid, prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, to James Atwood and Ellen Atwood, two motorcyclists that had been struck by a drunk driver.  They were nominated by Officer Heather Clark.

    Devin Shaw, Eva Pagaling & Steffanie Colgate
    Mr. Shaw, Ms. Pagaling, and Ms. Colgate witnessed the hit-and-run collision that resulted in the death of Mallory Dies.  They pursued the suspect, tried to persuade him to return to the scene of the collision, called 9-1-1, and directed officers to the suspect's location resulting in his apprehension.  They were nominated by Officer Jaycee Hunter.

    Scott Houston
    Mr. Houston came to the aid of an officer struggling in the street with a bank robbery suspect, helping to detain the suspect until additional officers arrived on-scene.  He was nominated by Officer Richard Washington.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Who's the Boss blurb image

    Sony Pictures Television

    Where are 'Who's the Boss?' stars now?

    With Tony Danza marking his 63rd birthday on Monday, join us for a look at what he and the rest of the cast of "Who's the Boss?" are up to today.