‘Abdu’l-Bahá with three children, 1912
Nurturing Excellence: The Holistic Approach to Education
Embracing a Modern Approach to Holistic Education
Jul 16, 2023
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Our approach to education is inspired by the wisdom of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, guiding us to view learning in a complete and interconnected way. His teachings encourage us to focus not just on academics but also character development and human perfection. Let's see how these principles can shape education today.
Creating a Supportive Learning Environment
Inspired by 'Abdu'l-Bahá's teachings, we aim to create a supportive learning environment. Think of it as a garden where knowledge grows. Here, students are motivated to do well in their studies and develop positive values, empathy, and personal growth. This kind of supportive environment inspires curiosity and helps students learn more about the world, enabling them to contribute positively to society.
Importance of Character Development
'Abdu'l-Bahá stressed the importance of character development. Understanding this, we realize that education isn't only about knowledge; it also involves moral values. Therefore, we focus on teaching values, empathy, and responsibility, ensuring that education leads to positive changes in society.
Designing a Comprehensive Curriculum
With 'Abdu'l-Bahá's guidance, we aim to provide an all-round education that promotes both intellectual and personal development. Along with academics, we encourage students to explore arts, sciences, foreign languages, and practical skills. This approach helps prepare our students for a rapidly changing world.
Encouraging Positive Actions
'Abdu'l-Bahá taught that education extends beyond classrooms; it empowers students to make a positive impact on society. We emphasize kindness, loyalty, trustworthiness, and goodwill. By promoting these virtues, we prepare students to face the world's challenges with compassion and integrity. We also encourage community service to instill a deep sense of social responsibility in our students.
'Abdu'l-Bahá's teachings guide us in our mission to provide excellent education. They remind us of the importance of character development, moral values, and the pursuit of human perfection. By incorporating these principles into our education system, we are preparing our students to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and proactive in shaping a better future.
Here are some quotes from 'Abdu'l-Bahá that inspire our educational approach:
"Knowledge is praiseworthy when it is coupled with ethical conduct and virtuous character; otherwise it is a deadly poison, a frightful danger. A physician of evil character, and who betrayeth his trust, can bring on death, and become the source of numerous infirmities and diseases. Devote ye the utmost attention to this matter, for the basic, the foundation-principle of a school is first and foremost moral training, character and the rectification of conduct."
"The subjects to be taught in children’s schools are many, and for lack of time We can touch on only a few: First and most important is training in behaviour and good character; the rectification of qualities; arousing the desire to become accomplished and acquire perfections, and to cleave unto the religion of God and stand firm in His Laws: to accord total obedience to every just government, to show forth loyalty and trustworthiness to the ruler of the time, to be well wishers of mankind, to be kind to all. And further, as well as in the ideals of character, instruction in such arts and sciences as are of benefit, and in foreign tongues. Also, the repeating of prayers for the well-being of ruler and ruled; and the avoidance of materialistic works that are current among those who see only natural causation, and tales of love, and books that arouse the passions. To sum up, let all the lessons be entirely devoted to the acquisition of human perfections. Here, then, in brief are directions for the curriculum of these schools."
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from various Tablets
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