Waldorf schools request, to varying degrees, that their families limit the exposure their children have to media in the home. In my years as a Waldorf inspired mom, I’ve had many friends who have questioned my efforts to do without mainstream media. I’ve had many friends exclaim that they would go stir-crazy without the time they have to themselves, or to accomplish family chores, without ‘a few episodes of something educational on the TV’. The truth is, TV doesn’t even come into our consciousness anymore. I really think I still have the same amount of ‘free time’ while my kids build castles with their blocks or play outside.
Here is a short video on why we limit media exposure in Waldorf schools.
In the face of so much ‘media exposure’ (pun intended) on the negative effects on our children, why is limiting media exposure such a controversial topic? Truthfully, I’d love to hear your views.
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