Silicon Valley school thrives with no-computer policy

Where do kids whose parents work at high-tech companies like Google, Yahoo and Apple go to school in Silicon Valley? The answer might surprise you.

If you're imagining a high-tech learning environment, think again. The Waldorf School of the Peninsula suscribes to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks. Computers aren't used because of the theory they inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans.

Interestingly, three-quarters of the students have parents a with high-tech connection. Pierre Laurent, who works at a high-tech start-up, and who formerly worked at Intel and Microsoft, has three children in Waldorf schools. His wife also teaches for one.

"Engagement is about human contact, the contact with the teacher, the contact with their peers," he says.

Click here to read the full story in The New York Times.

10/24/11

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