A Waldorf school in the Heartland with a rich curriculum serving students from Pre-school through Grade 8 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The Purpose of Education by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “…It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life. “Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and propaganda. “At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”
Welcome back to school! It's going to be a very cold week - so please remember to have your child dress in layers, wearing hats, gloves, snowpants, and scarves! One of the truly unique aspects of Waldorf education is it's engagement with nature - in all weather!
Don't forget the Parent Council Meeting is tonight at the Lockwood Campus in the Grades 4/5 classroom at 6 pm.