From an article found by PeteK:
In a sunny classroom, first graders at the Chicago Waldorf School are not picking up books. Instead, in every student’s hands are two wooden knitting needles.
Seven-year-old Henry Gordon is carefully wrapping the yarn around one needle, then pulling his stitch through with the other hand.
“It’s really hard when you start your hat—it’s like, complicated,” says Henry. “And then, pretty soon we all got better at knitting and we started finishing our hats and going on to our scarves and then doing our sleeping bag.”
“I think the fact that these children have not been pressured at a young age to learn how to read has allowed it to unfold in a very natural way,” Triggiano said.
Again, the waldorf folks go on about reading early being horrible because it’s ‘pressure’. What about pressuring children to knit early? Really? Why is it ok to pressure kids to knit? Why is it so difficult for waldorf proponents to see that what they subject children to is merely an other kind of pressure? Whether it’s good or bad is another thing — and I don’t think you can avoid pressuring children. But pressure it is. And, although they rarely seem to want to acknowledge this, there are children who don’t experience reading as a ‘pressure’. Because what is felt as ‘pressure’ must vary from person to person. If you suck at knitting, a school focused on knitting puts some pressure on you. Actually. Perhaps there’s a good reason for it, but you can’t deny it’s pressure. The risk of this late reading but early knitting policy is mentioned: that dyslexia goes undetected for too long.