Four years ago, Journey School, a Waldorf-inspired public charter school in Aliso Viejo, California, let me begin teaching a three-year, middle school digital literacy program — called “Cyber Civics™.” These classes addressed a growing need to prepare students with the skills to be ethical, confident, and empowered digital citizens.
The curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making throughhands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play, is based on published, academic research. It can be taught entirely without technology. That’s because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills.
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In the four years since the Cyber Civics™ classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.
- Shaheer Faltas, Journey School Administrator
Working with Diana Graber and watching her develop the curriculum, I recognize that it is based on the the same cognitive developmental skills that are foundational to Waldorf teaching in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. While this curriculum has found a rich home in Waldorf schools that foster ethical development, it is a curriculum that can fit in all educational settings.
-Bonnie River, Chair of Hybrid Program Waldorf Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College