I am certain that my son will be prepared for the challenges of high-level college work once he leaves Flint Hill. But I also am sure that the Waldorf experience made him a more rounded individual — certainly a much better writer and critical thinker and more culturally literate, all of which informs the lines of code he writes for his AP computer science course at Flint Hill.
David Leonard, Falls Church
We do our children a disservice by focusing on their ability to manipulate today’s technologies. We should focus instead on helping them master the outer world and their inner world through their emotions, senses and imagination.
By the time children in either the Washington Waldorf School or the Flint Hill School graduate from high school, they will be computer-literate and “plugged in.” But the period from birth to approximately sixth grade is the window — the one window — that parents have to let their children be children; create their own art and music; and sense the world directly with their hands and bodies.
Over the course of my career in government policy, every young person’s résumé that I’ve seen lists a facility with computers. But it is the rare — and highly valuable — young person who also can demonstrate the imagination, creativity and emotional intelligence that comes with a Waldorf education, which is what my children got.
Gregory C. Simon, Bethesda
The Post’s article on a high-tech school vs. a no-tech school did not discuss how technology can level the playing field for the children who are served by public education and who may not have the luxury of engaged parents.
Public schools must provide the technology resources that level the playing field for all students, thus allowing them to excel in core content and develop media literacy. The skills supported through appropriate interactions with technology will define the literate person of the 21st century; those without such opportunities will be left behind.
How technology is used to support quality learning experiences in public education could become the civil rights case for this generation.
Ann Lee Flynn, Alexandria
The writer is director of education technology for the National School Boards Association.