Media, Television, & Computers

Watching television and videos, regardless of content, negatively affects a growing child’s development. Like all electronic media, television lacks the human presence so vital to the nourishment of the child. Furthermore, children's need for creative play is inhibited and their ability to create images from within is suppressed by the electronically produced imagery. Computer and video games are also regarded by Waldorf educators as unhealthy influences on the developing mind and body. In place of television or computer time, we encourage creative activities that engage the child's will such as drama, drawing, puppetry, modeling, singing, dancing, music, stories and plenty of free indoor and outdoor play. There is a wealth of pertinent books and articles available through the school about the effects of television on the growing child. We encourage you to seek these out and to speak to your child's teacher about this important issue.

Suggested Reading about the Effects of Television

  • Strangers in our Homes   --Susan Johnson
  • Endangered Minds   --Jane Healey
  • In the Absence of the Sacred   -- Jerry Mander
  • Evolution's End   -- Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Where Are The Children?   -- Marie McClendon
TV rots the senses in the head!
It kills the imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind.

He can no longer understand a fantasy,
A fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, 1964

Parent Lending Library

The Mountain School has a fabulous library of books for children, on parenting, child development, and Waldorf education. These books are available to all school families and can be found in the entry room of the schoolhouse. All books must be checked out on the list posted on the cabinet and borrowed for no more than two weeks at a time.

Popular Verses written by Rudolf Steiner

The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day
The soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs
In sunlight shining clear I do revere, oh love,
The strength with thou so graciously
Has planted in my soul

That I with all my might
May strive to work and learn
From thee comes light and strength
To thee rise love and thanks.
Morning Verse
Quiet I bear within me.

I bear within myself
Forces to make me strong.
Now will I be imbued
With their glowing warmth.

Now will I fill myself
With my own will’s resolve.
And I will feel the quiet
Pouring through all my being,

When by my steadfast striving
I become strong

To find within myself
The source of strength
The strength of inner quiet
Verse for Parenting by Rudolf Steiner
From my head to my feet I am the image of love
From my heart to my hands I feel the breath of love
When I speak with my mouth I follow love’s will
When I behold love in mother and father

In all dear people
In animal and in flower
I feel no fear
But love to all that is around me.
Good-bye Verse