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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 65 (Contemporary Education: Can we achieve our goals -the vector effect theory 3)

24 Dec

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)


2) The result will also depend upon how well directed we are towards our educational objectives. Supposing we want to go to Hyderabad (NE) and start moving towards Quetta (West). Any efforts will not make us reach Hyderabad. In education it may not be as simple as this. But when we realize that the education that we are imparting to our children is never meant or intended for making them muttaqi (God-fearing), rather its objective is to make us secular, can we assume that somehow we will be able to reverse this effect and make them muttaqi (God-fearing). Another option is to introduce some subjects on religion, which are normally considered boring and not as grademaking subjects by most of the children. Do we think that they can override the default designed effects of this secular education system?

3) One very important aspect to consider when we talk of education is to realize how well the adopted educational process is adapted and tuned to, firstly to children’s learning abilities and faculties, and secondly to our perceived objectives of education itself. For the contemporary education system we see many intellectuals in the west who are voicing its incompatibility with children’s learning psychology. Many among the home schoolers too realize this aspect of contemporary education.

Now let me interpret the first figure which is attached; (Fig 1)

In the figure each arrow indicates a program, an intervention, or an effort made, or designed and implemented to take the recipient/child towards the desired goal or objective. The direction of arrow indicates the movement of the recipient/child towards the objective, and the length of the arrow indicates the intensity of effect or effort. The more effective the program is the closer it will take towards the objective and the longer will be the arrow. On the other hand if the program was wrongly designed and has resulted in a lot of negative effect the arrow may be long but not directed towards the target destination, or it may even take the student further away.

The green line is the ideal line if we were preprogrammed to reach the destined objective and there were no external interventions. This is not the case with human beings who have their own weaknesses and who are constantly travelling through a bumpy, or bushy path. Then each person is different from the other in perception and abilities. So we can say the green line is just an angelic path, as angels are fully programmed by the Creator. They do not make mistakes.

For people who have very clear goal and objectives they may follow the Red path, where with a clear objective they develop learning interventions, methodology, and programs which are free from confusions. They may falter at places due to human not being perfect but since their objectives are clear and they possess the required sincerity they will redirect themselves towards the desired target. This is the most important thing. Redirecting back to the target and for this the clarity of the objective is the pre-requisite, where a person can clearly see the target. Most of us FAIL over here because we are mostly governed by the established current practices and prevailing environmental demands. Most of us are not bold enough to challenge the status quo, be we the generic educationists or parents. As such most of us follow the Black track and fail to reach an Islamically ideal target.

The direction of the arrows indicate the congruity or the direction of our efforts or educational interventions (programs) with that of our perceived target. If the result of our efforts are directed towards our educational targets, the direction of the arrow will be more towards the target destination. The direction of the arrow will depend upon direction of the results of our educational efforts. At time due to human weakness it may be entirely on the wrong direction, but since the objectives are clear and we can see clearly our target we will again redirect ourselves towards our desired target.

I know many of my sisters and brothers have many points of disagreements on what I have written above. I really wish they have, and they bring it up for a good discussion. Sisters and brothers we have to wake up and be vigilant, careful of where we are taking our children through the education that we are imparting them with.

In my next email insha’Allah I will be discussing the second figure.

Br. Abid