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Letter: Waldorf School engages the world

The Waldorf School in Garden City is cutting

The Waldorf School in Garden City is cutting against the societal trend and shunning technology for elementary school students. They have no technology, encourage a "no screen" policy at home and go outside in any weather. Shot on Feb. 4, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Your refreshing article "Going their own way: Embracing low tech" [News, March 22] emphasized the importance of protecting young children from our obsession with electronic media, and of nourishing them through encounters with the natural, social, cultural and practical worlds. But "no-tech" is a misnomer for what happens at the Waldorf School of Garden City -- and not merely because older students engage with digital technology.

When I attended The Waldorf School more than four decades ago, we explored the origins of communications technology as well as power -- mechanical, steam, electromagnetic, solar, nuclear -- optics, binary code and much else that now lurks behind our screens. In eighth grade, we visited the computer labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All of this continued when I taught there in the 1980s and '90s.

The key to education isn't the quantity of gadgetry, it's the quality of what's going on all the time. Its essential fruit is a love for the world and the desire to understand and engage with it.

"Deeper tech" or "true tech" might be more apropos.

Joseph Proskauer, Westbury