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This Silicon Valley school shuns technology — yet most of the students are children of tech execs

Eames Yates

 New York University professor Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," discusses the Waldorf school in San Francisco, which is one of more than 160 across the country that shun the use of technology. Following is a transcript of the video. 

There’s a school in Silicon Valley that doesn’t allow the use of any tech. It’s called the Waldorf School and it’s fascinating because the school has no computers, no iPads, no iPhones. They try to minimize tech altogether and so people enjoy a lot of time face-to-face, they go outside a lot. What’s interesting about this school is 75% of the students there are the children of Silicon Valley tech execs, which is striking. These are people who, publicly, will expound on the wonders of the products they’re producing and at the same time they decided in all their wisdom that their kids didn’t belong in a school that used that same tech.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Some Waldorf schools do embrace technology "in ways that enhance the learning process ... rather than replace the role of the teacher" once students reach high school. 



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