ERIC Number: ED422330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
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Baha'i Principles of Education: Categorization of and Commentary on Extracts from Baha'i Education.
Clarken, Rodney H.
This paper categorizes and discusses extracts from Baha'i Education. All extracts come from the writings and talks of Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi. Section 1 discusses the nature and purpose of education, including financing education; discipline, perseverance, and order; purposes and principles of schools; establishment and supervision of schools; obligations of spiritual assemblies; education to advance world welfare; promotion of education; education for girls; education of orphans; parents' roles; compulsory education; and Baha'i education as the foundation of the law of God and the basis for happiness. Section 2 discusses human nature and the prevention of criminal or harmful acts, discipline, and encouragement rather than censure. Section 3 discusses pedagogy and highlights role models, the teacher's status, the teacher's value, the teacher's character and behavior, and prayer for knowledge. Section 4 discusses curriculum, including teaching about God and religion; fear combined with love and justice for controlling behavior; recognition of the manifestation of God; arts, crafts, and science education; criterion of usefulness of academic pursuits; reading and writing skills; auxiliary language education; melodiously reciting words of God; character education; knowledge leading to God; material, human, and spiritual education; developing volition; kindness to animals; universal curriculum for all; love in the curriculum; brief summary of a school curriculum; and balancing mental and spiritual education. Section 5 examines metaphors about education, including teacher as physician, God as educator, children as pearls, parents as teachers, teachers as gardeners, and metaphors about students. (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Consciousness Raising, Curriculum Development, Diversity (Student), Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Holistic Approach, Humanism, Interpersonal Competence, Metaphors, Parent Role, Socialization, Spiritual Development, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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