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.
Disestablishment in Bahá’í education refers to the principle where education is decoupled from state control, focusing on universal access without governmental interference in intellectual or spiritual development.
Universal education in the Bahá’í Faith involves collaboration between parents and community institutions to ensure children receive education, funded through diverse means without direct state provision or manipulation.
Parents are central in the Bahá’í educational paradigm, serving as the first and most impactful teachers, responsible for the moral and intellectual nurturing of their children.
Funds for education in Bahá’í communities are invested in a decentralized manner, avoiding direct state funding, to provide resources for tutors or institutions that align with Bahá’í educational values.
The Bahá’í Faith encourages educational settings that uphold its principles of spiritual and intellectual development, whether in private or publicly accessible forms that maintain a separation from state dominance.
The disestablishment of Bahá’í education ensures content is developed free from state agendas, fostering an environment where spiritual and moral growth is as valued as academic learning.
Educational disestablishment in the Bahá’í Faith aims to produce independently thinking individuals, crucial for a just, equitable society not swayed by government-influenced pedagogy.
Yes, spiritual education is integral in the Bahá’í approach, harmonized with secular knowledge to cultivate a well-rounded understanding of the world and one's purpose within it.