Electronic Media at the Eugene Waldorf School
The passivity inherent in watching television or playing video games is increasingly recognized by educators and parents as counterproductive to the process of learning and growth in the young child. Waldorf education has long been in the forefront of the movement against excessive “screen time”; we are pleased that other professionals now voice the same opinion.
The fast pace and fragmentation of television work against the cultivation of capacities for concentration and imagination. Imaginative play, such as listening to stories, watching and creating puppet shows, dress up, baking, etc., foster in the young child an active participation in the world about him or her. The Waldorf School aims to develop creative, fully engaged individuals. We urge you as parents of young children, to resist the convenience of television and video games and involve your children in meaningful play as much as possible.
Many Waldorf schools implement an official policy prohibiting the use of electronic media by children during the school week. At our school, we feel this may not be possible for all families. We work to educate parents and the community about the negative effects that electronic media have on children, and trust in parents’ decisions in this area. If you could use some helpful hints in weaning your child from the television and video games, please ask any member of our faculty or staff.
It should be stressed that at Eugene Waldorf School we are not opposed to electronic media per se, but rather we feel that electronic media are counterproductive to healthy childhood development for grade school children.
Eugene Waldorf School’s dress code supports equitable educational access and inclusivity, while also resisting reinforcement of racist, sexist, classist, ableist stereotypes, and other forms of bias. To ensure effective and equitable promotion of this dress code, school faculty and staff shall strive to uphold these guidelines consistently, and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any individual/group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, ability, or body type/size. Our dress code centers on keeping students’ clothing practical, positive, and possible, and we support student comfort and personal/cultural expression within the boundaries of safety, freedom of movement, and group harmony.