Waldorf schools do not use technology until sixth grade. They want their students to experience nature,

“A strict, private Waldorf school might not have even accepted the devices. For more than 100 years, Waldorf schools have emphasized child development over skill development.

“Instead of plastic dolls with detailed faces, for example, young children in a Waldorf environment play with toys made of natural materials, such as wood, silk, wool and cotton — that are unformed enough to stimulate the imagination. Schools encourage creative play and artistic expression; students often stay with the same teacher three years or more.

“Some parents who subscribe to Waldorf methods don’t let their children use technology at all; others limit screen time.”

Yet, the Ocean Charter School, a Waldorf school, was gifted by the Los Angeles Unified School District, with an iPad for every student, whether they want it or not. After al, they will need the iPads for Common Core testing. Curiously, the devices cost $768 each, more that the retail price.

The iPad giveaway is a pilot run on the district’s $1 billion planned purchase.

The part that puzzles me most is the cost. If the cost for Los Angeles alone is $1 billion, what will be the cost for the nation? $50 billion? $100 billion? No wonder the big tech corporations are thrilled with the Common Core.. And since the devices and the content will be obsolete in three years, how many more billions will leave America’s classrooms to pay for new technology?