unschooling technology vs. waldorf (zero-tech) education
A long time ago, I learned of a book called The Plug-In Drug, and it was about how horrible TV was.
I loved it!
I swore my kids would never play video games or watch TV.
This was in 2002, pre-unschooling, when I had two young kids and a lot of unexamined opinions.
When my kids were younger and I was trying to find our niche in the world of homeschooling, I was briefly interested in Waldorf style education (and by “interested in”, I mean obsessed. There’s almost never a middle ground).
I loved Waldorf's ethereal, nature-y aesthetic, and their emphasis on analog, outdoor play seemed like a viable way to keep my kids safe in (what seemed to me) a scary, dangerous, fast-moving world.
The older they got the more I realized that Waldorf philosophy was actually pretty rigid…!
Incidentally - people love to talk about Montessori along with Waldorf, as if they’re similar. In fact they’re strikingly different except for how controlling they both are.
Both offer manipulation with a sugary Umbridge-smile.
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