"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom."
"Education is of three kinds: material, human and spiritual.
Material education is concerned with the progress and development of
the body, through gathering its sustenance, its material comfort and
The Importance of Universal Education
"...inasmuch as ignorance and lack of education are barriers of separation among mankind, all must receive training and instruction...Universal education is a universal law."
"Knowledge is as wings to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent...The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words..."
"The primary, the most urgent requirement is the promotion of education. It is inconceivable that any nation should achieve prosperity and success unless this paramount, this fundamental concern is carried forward."
"The education and training of children is among the most meritorious acts of humankind..."
"Every child is potentially the light of the world - and at the same time its darkness..."
"Training in morals and good conduct is far more important than book learning. A child that is cleanly, agreeable, of good character, well-behaved - even though he be ignorant - is preferable to a child that is rude, unwashed, ill-natured, and yet becoming deeply versed in all the science and arts. The reason for this is that the child who conducts himself well, even though he be ignorant, is of benefit to others, while an ill-natured, ill-behaved child is corrupted and harmful to others, even though he be learned. If, however, the child be trained to be both learned and good, the result is light upon light."
"The individual must be educated to such a high degree that he would rather have his throat cut than tell a lie, and would think it easier to be slashed by a sword or pierced with a spear than to utter calumny or be carried away by wrath."
"The most essential thing is that the people must be educated in such a way... that they will avoid and shrink from perpetrating crimes, so that the crime itself will appear to them as the greatest chastisement...Therefore no crimes will be committed."
"Schools must first train their children in the principles of religion.. but this in such a measure that it may not injure the children by resulting in ignorant fanaticism and bigotry."One of the basic Baha'i principles is that individuals should investigate truth for themselves. Baha'is bring up their children in the knowledge of all religious beliefs so that at the age of 15 they may make their own decision.
A Common Curriculum
"Education is essential and all standards of training and teaching throughout the world of mankind should be brought into conformity and agreement; a universal curriculum should be established."
"Having one course of education promotes unity among mankind. When all mankind shall receive the same education and the equality of men and women be realized the foundations of warfare will be utterly destroyed."Baha'is believe that there should be a world language and script, chosen or invented, which would be taught in all schools, along with the mother tongue of the region:
"They would, in this way, be acquiring only two languages, one their own native tongue, the other the language in which all the peoples of the world would converse."
The Responsibility of Parents