May 1, 2017

This Silicon Valley School Takes a Unique Approach to Learning


This Silicon Valley School Teaches Students to Start with the Problem

Step into just about any school today and you’ll likely see students with their eyes glued to tablets, computers and other tech devices. But that’s not the case at Waldorf Schools.

In fact, according to a report, there’s a Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, he heart of today’s technology industry, where students are completely removed from new tech.

The school instead focuses on hands-on activities and creative expression. Students also go outside a lot and spend time working face to face instead of just staring at screens and working individually.

Obviously, these parents believe there is an importance to learning basic skills beyond simply the use of the latest technology. It’s true that seventy-five percent of the students at this one particular school are kids of Silicon Valley execs. So clearly these are people who also believe in the benefits of technology to solve problems.

So why would they willingly send their children to a school that doesn’t make that technology a priority? One reason may be that these exec’s understand the importance of having the knowledge necessary to identify a problem in the first place — before bringing in technology to solve it.

It’s the same when you are trying to create a small business.

Start With the Problem

You have to walk before you can run. And even if you’re building a high-tech business, you have to interact with people and consider how your product or service might benefit them in the real world. In other words, you need to start with the problem before you offer a solution.

You also need to be able to exhibit creativity and innovation in solving those problems — and technology cannot do that for you. Technology is great, but if you rely on it without thinking, you can get ahead of yourself and miss some crucial steps in building a successful business.

Image: Waldorf Schools

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird, and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

6 Reactions

  1. Aira Bongco

    I think it is time to take a new approach to learning. The way learning is done today is so outdated. There is a way to make children learn without all the books and traditional way of teaching.

    • Annie Pilon

      There are tons of different methods that work for different people — this is just another option for people, which is great IMO

  2. I agree. I think that it is time to reform the way education is done.

  3. I think that this is also an amazing idea for a business. There are now different aspects that needs to be learned. It is no longer just about academics.

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