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Maechy Speaks What is Waldorf? Part Two

Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response”    

                                                                                                                                   ~Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.                                      


Today’s Blog is part two of the Waldorf series. In part one, we talked about the concept of Waldorf. We concluded that Waldorf is a way of life that embraces deep-rooted tradition and ritual as an integral part of the community’s identity. According to Steiner, his theory of child development proposes that children are active agents of their learning, driven by their innate curiosity and drive to grow and evolve.

The theory of allowing children to be active, and curious to evolve is what makes Waldorf, Waldorf. Would it then be fair to say that part of this evolution would include teaching our children how to navigate through the world of electronics? I would. But how can an education model, steeped in tradition that promotes everything opposite “mainstream learning” include modern-day technology? The answer is; Cyber Civics, it is an online program that was created in 2010 by a group of Waldorf teachers and a parent in California. They had a firsthand experience with cyberbullying, which led them to create this program. Cyber Civics creates a safe and secure online environment for young people. 

Cyber Civics was introduced to MWS a few years before the pandemic and is currently taught to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a digital literacy curriculum that teaches youth how to safely navigate in the cyber world. The program has three levels. Levels one and two have 6 units and level three has 7 units, all of which are filled with great information and resources for both students and parents. Cyber Civics is a safe first start in introducing our children to the World Wide Web.

Level 1: Digital Citizenship, Today’s Tech How Much Do You Know? Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces, Email Etiquette and Texting.

Level 2: Information Literacy, Using Computers Responsibly, Online Safety 101, Common Online Threats, Who’s Watching? Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them? Protecting Your Online Data and What Makes a Password Great?

Level 3: Media Literacy for Positive Participation, The Power of Social Media Trolls, A.I. & Ethical Thinking Making Technology Accessible, How Do You Participate Now? Your Brain on Tech.

I am impressed with the way MWS has incorporated technology into its core curriculum, while still staying true to Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. As a parent, I am always on the lookout for innovative ways to introduce contemporary themes into my children’s education. I am grateful that MWS has a plan in place that aligns with my own beliefs about how modern-day concepts should be taught.

                                                   In closing, KUDOS to MWS!

Maechy

(A very special thank you to Ms. Vanessa, without her I would have gone down a rabbit hole.)

“Maechy, Speak,”  is a blog series written by MWS Parent Patricia Forestal-Ortiz. Patricia is mom to Earth, 7th grade, Elu, 6 th grade, Everliegh, 5th grade and grandma, AKA “Sugamama” to Kai, 2nd grade.

Whether you are looking for inspiration, guidance or just a positive pick-me-up, this blog has got you covered.  Patricia’s name holds a special connection to her maternal grandmother, Mercedes, affectionately known as Maechy. Through “Maechy, Speak,” Patricia honors her grandmother’s legacy and wisdom, carrying forth her spirit and teachings in a heartfelt tribute. Join Patricia Maechy Forestal-Ortiz every Monday starting March 11th for an incredible journey of growth, inspiration, and positivity along with a few tips on how to be the best version of you! Check it out and let your spirit soar!