“If you’ve had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship-or learn a software program you’ve never touched. It’s not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can’t do. Why couldn’t you? Why couldn’t anybody?”
Peter Nitze, Waldorf and Harvard graduate, and Director of an aerospace company
This says it all, I guess. You feel (if you’re good at fooling yourself) that you can do a lot of things you don’t have the knowledge or skills for. You don’t feel at all inhibited by a bad education (or by learning sock knitting instead of learning academic subjects), because you’re told it’s so fantastic not to learn the way they do in other schools. Right? You don’t even need to know how to read, you know everything better than those other, less fortunate but literate kids anyway. Good thing again for waldorf education that most of the children come from fairly privileged homes. Some go to Harvard despite getting an education that taught them more knitting than maths.
I would call this bravado, not confidence. Confidence seems to need some substance at least.