Imagine a group of bright-eyed, full of wonderment, precious children sitting in a circle with a trusted adult teaching them about the world and preparing them with the knowledge and skills they'll need to achieve their full potential. She looks into each of their sweet faces and says, "If you're white skinned, you are inherently racist and should feel shame for all the wrong doings of anyone white who came before you. If you're dark skinned, you're doomed for eternity and life will be harder for you no matter how smart and talented you are".
What the what?! This is the message sent to the next generation when "critical race theory" is taught. You are either forever doomed or forever shamed. This is NOT how progress occurrs and in fact, moves our culture backwards about sixty years. Dr. Martin Luther King said, "I dream of a world where my four daughters will be judged not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character". This is the dream and at Epoch, this is what will be not only taught, but modeled.
Children from all cultures, races, religions, family dynamics will be welcomed with open arms. All cultures will be explored through festivals, holidays and foods enjoyed together. We will tell stories, legends, folk tales, and fables from different nations and engage in song and dance from various cultures. We will model the traits we want the children to practice including empathy, love, patience, acceptance and understanding every day and not tell them how they should be, but be the loving model for them to follow as the adults blessed with their presence in our program. We will practice right speech, right mind, and right body the way we are called to as spiritual beings having a human experience regardless of race or religion. We will start and end each day with LOVE.
We will show the children that good triumphs evil through fairy tales and history lessons. We will show them the beauty of the world through nature exploration and the materials we use each day as we integrate art and music into each activity. And, we will help them seek the truth by guiding them to find answers using logic, rational thought, and research. Truth, beauty, and goodness...never pushing adult garbage or political agenda on a developing child.
We invite you to join us in our mission to "receive the children in reverence, educate them in love and send them forth in freedom," as Rudolf Steiner wanted Waldorf education to be.
Waldorf Inspired Forest School, Bozeman, Montana