in reply to Computer Education in Public Schools

My wife is a public school teacher and I'm a professional programmer. We've chosen to send our kids to a Waldorf school. Computers are introduced in high school. The K-8 grades have absolutely no contact with computers.

Instead, every elementary student takes in-depth "block" lessons covering language/math/history/science/etc., two foreign languages, music, art, wood-working and hand-working.

The emphasis is on natural development and expression. For example, my first grader was introduced to painting with one color of paint. (Very good paper, brushes and paint -- but only one color.) Children experience how paint and water mix, how paint flows on paper, how dry paper absorbs paint quickly, etc. It is a game of self-discovery. When a second color is introduced, the game expands to include how colors mix, etc. This takes time, but the results are stunning.

The problem I see with traditional U.S. public schools, is that students know how to type, but they don't have anything to say.

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Re: Re: Computer Education in Public Schools - Waldorf
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 07, 2004 at 20:43 UTC
    Before proselytizing about Waldorf any further, check out the underpinnings of this deceptive "education" at Sobering info there.
      What a load of crap. I had a hard time finding anything well-researched on that site. Morons. They should never have been allowed to leave the cult. ;-)