Empowering Progeny: The Bahá'í Vision of Parental Pedagogy

People sometimes think of the Baha'i Faith as a collectivist movement because of its emphasis on achieving unity. But in some respects, the Baha'i faith is fundamentally about individualism -- that is the individual responsibility to seek truth, the individual responsibility to be virtuous and the individual responsibility to teach the Cause. The Baha'i Faith is not a religion of priests and scholars. It is a religion of teachers. And the first teacher is the parent. Nowadays, we have almost completely succumbed to the statist approach to collective education -- wherin parents give over their children to be educated by the state and have very little role after the age of 5. But this is not the Baha'i approach. The Baha'i approach is that the parent is the first teacher and the most important teacher.

What Is the Bahá'í Perspective on Parental Responsibility in Education?

How Do Bahá'í Beliefs Contrast With Statist Educational Systems?

What Is a Parent's Role in Teaching Bahá'í Principles to Children?

How Can Bahá'í Parents Incorporate Spiritual Values in Daily Teaching?

What Strategies Support Bahá'í Parents in Fulfilling Their Educational Role?

To What Extent Should Bahá'í Education Rely on Formal Schooling?

How Does the Bahá'í Concept of 'Independent Investigation of Truth' Influence Parenting?

In What Ways Can Bahá'í Values Be Integrated Into Secular Education?