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.
In the Bahá'í Faith, parents are viewed as the primary educators of their children, tasked with the dual responsibility of fostering spiritual growth and facilitating intellectual development from an early age.
Unlike the prevalent reliance on state-structured schooling, the Bahá'í approach prioritizes parental involvement in the formative educational process, ensuring that spiritual and moral instruction begins at home.
Bahá'í parents are expected to illustrate and instill core principles, such as the oneness of humanity and independent truth-seeking, ensuring that children develop an integrated spirit-mind-education.
Through daily prayers, conversations about virtues, and engagement with sacred writings, Bahá'í parents seamlessly weave spiritual values into the fabric of everyday educational moments.
Parents are urged to use storytelling, creative arts, and community involvement as dynamic tools to reinforce Bahá'í teachings and create diverse learning opportunities.
While acknowledging the value of formal education, the Bahá'í Faith advocates for the primacy of parental teaching that transcends institutional boundaries and continues throughout life.
Parents are encouraged to guide children toward open-minded exploration and personal discovery, fostering a lifelong habit of seeking and applying truth independently.
Parents can blend Bahá'í values with secular learning by applying principles such as unity, justice, and equality to various academic disciplines and everyday situations.