Autonomy in Learning: Untangling the Bahá’í Vision of Disestablished Education

The principle upheld in Bahá'í education that education should be disassociated from the direct control of the state. Governance has an important role in maintaining justice in society (the protection of individual rights). But that does not extend to the control of thought. Let's explore how Baha'u'llah disestablishes education by requiring universal education, funding universal education, but not controlling it. The governing institutions, while mandated to ensure education, neither fund nor provision that education. Rather, they work with parents to ensure that funds are invested (elsewhere) sufficient to tutor the child. This achieves universal education without diminishing the crucial responsibilities of the parent, nor of corrupting governance with access to the money stream nor the temptation to control the minds of the young. This dis-establishment of education while ensuring universal education is the most anti-authoritarian model of education ever introduced.

What Is Disestablishment in Bahá’í Education?

How Does Universal Education Work Without State Control?

What Role Do Parents Play in the Bahá’í Educational Model?

How Are Funds Allocated for Education in Bahá’í Communities?

Does the Bahá’í Faith Support Private or Public Education?

How Does the Disestablishment Principle Affect Educational Content?

What Is the Impact of Educational Disestablishment on Society?

Is Religious Instruction Part of Bahá’í Education?