F O U N D A T I O N S 74 God throughout history and will have concern for the social, political, and cultural movements of our time. 101 It is in this context that the education of children and young people takes place. Children should not be molded to conform to the wishes or ambitions of their parents or anyone else. Every child is a thought of God. Education means nurturing the innate divine spark within each child and helping him or her to become the person God intends. The Ten Commandments and the New Testament state with good reason, “Honor your father and your mother…that it may go well with you.” Children’s emotional and spiritual well-being begins in their relationship to their parents; it is parents, not any school or community, who have the primary authority and responsibility for educating their children. Obedience and respect for parents and other adults is the basis of a strong character. Permissiveness and indulgence must be avoided in the education of children, but so too must moralism and legalism. Parents and teachers must be mentors to children as they guide them on their path to adulthood. Anyone who seeks to coerce or assert power over the soul of a child commits a grave sin. Corporal punishment in any form is prohibited. 102 Where possible, our communities run their own ­nurseries and schools. Bruderhof schools seek to Acts 14:15–17; Rom 1:18–20 Acts 17:16–31; Dan 1:3–4, 17 Jer 1:4–5 Deut 5:16; Col 3:20 Eph 6:1–4 Prov 6:20–24 Mark 7:1–13 Col 2:20–23; 3:21 Matt 18:5–7