This is an opportunity to start a revolution. A revolution that will shape the world our children will grow up in. The world our children will help create and protect. We all have a light within us, which we often lose somewhere along the journey of life. What we need is to bestow upon our children the gift of authenticity and identity. It means that we should let our children reveal the future that lies within them and not bury them under the pressure of becoming who we are, riddled with the problems of absolute social disconnection in an otherwise well connected world. If we don’t give them that chance from early childhood we are preparing them to be nothing different from what we see in the world today.
The beauty of the Waldorf system of education lies in the fact that learning is meant to satisfy curiosity and not to get the top grade. It builds capacities and not just skills. Waldorf philosophy is all about starting later, introducing concepts at the age at which they should be introduced, to put it in a nutshell, out of the intellect and into the imagination. By choosing the Waldorf system for your child you will not just be preparing him for a career but for a holistic life.
The Waldorf system is also beautiful because it can be adapted to seamlessly correspond with our ancient Indian culture and heritage. The curriculum is such that we can enliven it through interweaving aspects that are the very lifeblood of a culture like ours, a culture that is steeped in ancient wisdom and tradition. We celebrate festivals with all the fervour and fun that it demands, be it in dress, food or spirit.
In this flat world that we live in, the boundaries blur not just between continents and countries but cultures too. That is why it is important to teach our children to stay true to who they are, establish that identity early and what better way than through education. It is about understanding our inner worlds first because that’s the only way to understand the outer world. The Waldorf system teaches a child how to learn and that can easily be considered the fundamental building block of our lives.
We, human beings are social beings and it’s our connection to others that keeps us alive. Waldorf education plants the seeds for our children to stay connected to themselves and to others. In their years at school they will experience a sense of belonging, share and make space for another and unknowingly create social scenarios for themselves. It’s these capabilities that they as adults will bring into the society, environment, economy and governance of their time. That is what we need for continuity of life, not just for us as a species but also for us as a giant eco system.