Steiner schools encourage self-directed creative play, explorations in nature that involve all senses, activities that invite problem solving, skill and perseverance. Steiner schools encourage a positive social and moral development, active participation in the community and an age appropriate sense of responsibility. We encourage activity rather than consumption.
There is an increasing amount of evidence from various bodies that the passivity inherent in watching television and using other electronic media is counterproductive to learning and healthy development in the young child.
Without exposure to these media, children benefit greatly both in the short and long term. In the classroom these children tend to exhibit a wholesome interest in their work, show considerable will to engage in all activities and most importantly of all, retain that most vital power of childhood.
The educational ramifications are enormous and pronounced: regained childhood, improved ability to concentrate at will, to participate in lessons, creative imagination, penetrative thinking and improve sociability.
We encourage you to find out for yourself. Turn the TV off for three weeks and observe the changes in your children (and you).