Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Media Policy

Waldorf education strives to nurture children’s growing capacities for imagination, independent thinking, healthy feeling, and active willing. Supporting the imagination is necessary for the development of critical thinking. The fact that consuming media, including television, movies, video games, and computers, can interfere with the development of these capacities is well-documented. A reliance on ready-made pictures reduces a child’s ability to visualize both the written and spoken word, thereby reducing  reading comprehension.  Students accustomed to passively receiving impressions often have difficulty with the inner demands necessary to sustain imaginative thought.

Media influences easily enter the classroom and the rest of the class. Urban Prairie recommends that parents limit the exposure their children have to such media, especially during the school week. If you have questions on this topic or would like resources for further study, please discuss with your class teacher.