Our education system which does not encourage the development of real knowledge and independent, creative thinking, unknowingly moulds selfish and ambitious consumers rather than caring, engaged world citizens. Waldorf offers an opportunity to see that
Education is not the filling of a pail but......a lighting of a fire.

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you,yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tommorrow,
Which you cannot visit, even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which
Your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
And he bends you with his might
That his arrows might go swift and far,
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrows that fly
So he loves the bow that is stable.

              - Khalil Gibran