Santa Barbara
57° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Santa Maria
53° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
San Luis Obispo
52° F
50° 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
  • 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.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Santa Barbara Fatal Accident Folo

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • Larry Lee Cal Poly Coach

    Cal Poly Baseball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

    The Mustangs achieved the school's second No. 1 national ranking in Division I as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has placed Cal Poly atop its Top 30.

  • Slideshow: 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.

  • 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.