Summary and Conclusion

1) Is Universal Compulsory Education a New Principle?

Before Bahā’u’llāh, education up to a specific class or age had become compulsory in many countries like Germany and Japan. Even before that, many religions advocated education and learning of knowledge and sciences. Thus, this teaching is not new.

2) Did the Leaders of Baha’ism Act upon This Principle?

In accordance with this teaching, `Abdu’l-Bahā had prohibited his followers from sending their children to non-Baha’i schools. At the same time, he himself had sent Shoghi to the best non-Baha’i schools in Haifa. Furthermore, in the Baha’i creed, no single curriculum has been provided to achieve the goal of identical education for all people.

3) Is This Principle Rational and Logical?

This teaching is logical but the extreme version put forward by `Abdu’l-Bahā in which he prohibits his followers from going to non-Baha’i schools is unreasonable.

Courtesy: Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings


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