The failing of our so-called modern education is mainly due to our simplistic interpretation that the self is determined by genes (nature) and environment (nurture).
It is the ancient who believes in the idea of self-development.
That we, ourselves, have the free will and capacity to transform and transcend ourselves.
We are not helpless – purely dependent on things outside of our control (like genes and environment).
Instead we can actually achieve awakening and enlightenment through our own efforts.
The self can rely on itself to transform itself.
This is the difference between our so-called knowledge-based education and the wisdom of the ancients.
As parents and educators, please teach our children the art of self-transformation.
And may our children grow up to be independent, contented, compassionate and kind.