The best way to educate children is through self-education   

It is no exaggeration to say that the one who, in the environment of the child, as far as this is before the age of seven, from his inner being tries very hard to be a good person, a person who has a good attitude to life, who conscientiously decides not to do anything wrong in his thought life, his emotional life, towards the child, not even unspoken, has the most substantial influence on the child because of the imponderable features of life. 

In this respect, there is still much to be looked at, which – if I may say so – still exist between the lines in life. As we have gradually encapsulated ourselves in a more materialistic life, especially as far as the finer things in life are concerned, we have become more accustomed to finding such things unimportant. Only when they are valued again will there be the definite impetus that pedagogy needs, especially in an age that wants to call itself social, a socially-minded age. You cannot correctly assess specific life experiences if you do not appreciate those things that underlie man’s spirit and soul.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 297 – Idee  und  Praxis der  Waldorfschule – Bazel, 27 november 1919 (bladzijde  163-164)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger