Essentially, there is no education other than self- education, whatever the level may be. […] Every education is self-education, and as teachers we can only provide the environment for children’s self-education. We have to provide the most favourable conditions where, through our agency, children can educate themselves according to their own destinies.
Rudolf Steiner, The Child’s Changing Consciousness
Source: Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education – Susan Howard
German source of this quote: GA 306 – page 131