We want media education to be age-appropriate and tailored to children’s developmental needs.
Steiner Waldorf education has a very specific approach to reaching this goal. During early years, emphasis is placed on first-hand experience, physical movement, artistic work, and story telling. The next stage is to develop a solid foundation in basic literacy, numeracy, and social skills in a screen-free learning environment, before digital technology is finally introduced in classrooms.
At policy level, this approach is best supported by investment in unbiased and interdisciplinary research into the effects of digital technology on teaching and learning. Furthermore, we call for schools to have the autonomy to define their own media curricula.