CNN recently reported on a Silicon Valley phenomenon in which parents in the tech industry send their kids to schools designed to avoid technology. At the school featured in the report, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, there is not a computer to be found.
These parents, such as the eBay executive featured in the report, believe there's time for technology outside of school, and that the classroom should be a place for more social, natural learning activities. Children bounce balls. They use chalkboards. They tug at ropes fitted in pulleys. At the accredited Waldorf schools worldwide, an aversion to technology is not a core tenet. It's more of a byproduct of the overall approach to education.
There is some appeal here. Kids should spend time running around outside. And, as the parent in the interview sees it, there is value in learning the science behind the computer. But does it really have to be all or nothing? A school should be competent enough to incorporate the important and educational aspects of technology. The screen can show more than just Fail compilations and online porn. [CNN]