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
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