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A recent study has also found that personal home computers affect student grades negatively and that excessive screen media has a negative impact on growing children. Three researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, used data gathered from a survey given to 1 million fifth through eighth graders for their paper: Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement.

Waldorf educators rely on the ability of the children to listen to, observe, and absorb what the teacher is saying and doing, and also to respond sensitively to artistic stimuli. Media viewing has been proven to shorten attention span and dull sensory sensitivity, which is one of the many reasons why in Waldorf communities children’s exposure to media is curtailed.