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A developer that won’t teach his kids to code, an employee of Google whose 5th grader doesn’t know how to “google” something… What is going on here? Although technology is the bread and butter of these high-tech parents, they have realized that exposing children to devices and coding languages early on will not better prepare them for the future. They say, technology can wait.

Joe Morgan, author of the recently published Slate article “I’m a Developer. I Won’t Teach My Kids to Code, and Neither Should You.”, believes that learning coding languages at a young age is not going to teach children the critical thinking skills needed to become good developers, nor will it help them acquire foundational skills that can be applied in every career. What is more valuable than learning syntax, he says, is learning creativity and problem-solving with a sense of wonder about the world. Read more from Joe Morgan here and more on this subject from the New York Times here.

Technology as a tool begins in the Waldorf 9th grade curriculum. Boulder Valley Waldorf School values and emphasizes learning through direct interaction with one another as well as with teachers in exploring the world of ideas, participating in the creative process, and developing their knowledge, skills, abilities, and inner qualities. We aim to promote an environment of love, devotion and enthusiasm for work in which children strive for academic excellence. Our methodology recognizes the importance of analysis, going from the whole to the parts, as well as (the more common) synthesis, going from the parts to the whole.  We strive to apply this methodology, which encourages flexibility of thinking, in the presentation of all subjects. The essence of the teacher’s task is to work with his students with the imagination of an artist, teaching so-called “non-artistic” subjects imaginatively and artistically.

Our education is also about developing strong character and a solid ethical and moral foundation for life. BVWS aims to develop intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring individuals who are capable of clear, free thinking; whose insightful feeling promotes sound moral judgment; and who can carry their ideals into action grounded in the practical realities of life. When our students graduate from BVWS they know themselves and choose tailored higher education and career paths. Success for BVWS graduates includes leadership roles, entrepreneurship, college graduates in diverse subjects, professionals, parents, and educators.

Bibliography:

Morgan, Joe. “I’m a Developer. I Won’t Teach My Kids to Code, and Neither Should You.” Slate, 6 Dec. 2018,

     slate.com/human-interest/2018/12/against-teaching-kids-to-code-creativity-problem-solving.html.

     Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.

Richtel, Matt. “A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute.” The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2011,

     www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html.

     Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.