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Kelowna Waldorf School has always been "Tech-FREE". Find out why this 100 year old education is growing in popularity!

By Rehema Ellis
NBC News

From the moment you walk into the Waldorf School of the Peninsula there are clear signs that something different is happening.

Allysun Sokolowski, a third-grade teacher,  greets each one of her 29 students by name and shakes their hand as they enter the classroom. It's easy for her because she's known these kids at the Los Altos, Calif., school for a while.

"I've been teaching the same children from first grade, second grade and now we're in third grade. And I will teach these children all the way through eighth grade," she said.

It's the Waldorf way.

Teachers establish a strong bond with students. As a result, Waldorf teachers quickly point out there's no need for tests or grades.

"I don't need grades to know how well they're doing," said Sokolowski. "I know their strengths, I know their weaknesses. I know what will be hard for them and where they will shine. I'm their teacher with a capital 't.'"

The intense student-teacher connection might help explain why students from elementary to high school are thriving. The school boasts a nearly perfect graduation rate.

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Here is a comment from TechMom in Silicon Valley:

"I'm a tech writer (programming manuals). My husband's an engineer. We met at Apple. I now work at Adobe. And... we send our kid to this (Waldorf) school.

"After much research, we found Waldorf to be the best way to build our kid's mind, not just to fill it. And from 20 years of experience in tech, I can tell you that strong minds are much more successful in tech than are filled minds. Of all the brilliant people I have worked with, very few had tech at home growing up. Instead, we had books, math, and the ability to self-focus, to think rationally and creatively in a controlled, extended manner. These things strengthened our minds so that, when we encountered tech, we didn't just use it, we created and innovated it. We *owned* it, as they say. Not vice versa.

"The knitting in Waldorf builds rational thinking (ask any knitter :-). The woodwork is about building confidence and, very importantly, focus (lest you hurt yourself). There's much more, but for us Waldorf is incomparable at the task of engineering strong, capable, flexible minds. And, as Steve Jobs believed, there's power in combining tech and art, science and beauty, as equal partners. Waldorf is the *only* educational system that gives equal time to both halves of that equation."

 

 

 

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