Waldorf Schools and Technology: Not So Strange Bedfellows

In his new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” Adam Alter writes how tech insiders—like Steve Jobs and others—restricted their own children from technology. For example, Evan Williams, a founder of Twitter, Blogger, and Medium, refused to give his young sons an iPad. Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, didn’t allow his five children to use screens in their bedrooms. And Gates told The New York Times that his own kids did not use the iPad. Waldorf families think like these tech insiders. They have an instinctive understanding that technology is no friend to childhood—a precious time when kids should be playing outdoors and enga

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