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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 82 (Educating small children – academics dumb our children down)

29 Jan

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

(from a sister)
JazakALLAH for ur precious reply,
I have found some colouring book from BAITUL ILM makataba at expo my daughter likes it very much and it is very good way to express feelings

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum sister,

I agree with you fully. We have to put the children into creativity rather than academics. Most of the academic activities I see as killers of creativity as has been observed by Ken Robinson. Iqbal eyes creativity as the real spark in the human being and says it is a Godly quality. He had a lot of trust in human creativity.

Jazaki’Allah for your feedback.

Br. Abid

(from another sister)
Assalamo’alaykum brother Abid,

What kind of academic activities are you referring to when you say
that they kill creativity?

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum sister,

By academics I mean any syllabus or curriculum that has been prepared for child education by contemporary educationist or educational entities, like educational boards or Universities. Most of these are for programming children, or developing masses which they can manage. Normally these books intentionally or unintentionally carry a whole agenda behind. With the present mind set it is not possible to avoid. This has also been pointed out by some of the western educationists like John Tailor Gatto and Ken Robinson. As per my observation these materials are not only useless but also quite harmful for the growth of a healthy personality. I see them taking our children away from Islam as well. We can quite clearly see that happening.

I wonder if you have been following my mails on perception sister. If a wrong perception is developed we put that person in a wrong dimension where s/he develops a wrong logic pedestal and cannot imbibe or ingest, or internalize the commands of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. This perception is quite likely to develop if we give books based on secular assumptions of life.

Further these books are written on the assumption that a child has lesser intelligence than the grownups; it is actually otherwise. Children are much more intelligent than we the grownups. Just because they lack communication skills and the ways of this world that we think they are stupid. Their learning growth is much faster than the grown-ups, which proves that they are smarter than we are. These books are developed on the wrong assumptions about the child’s intelligence.

For small children I do not recommend any of the academic books at all. I sincerely believe that these books will bring your children down in creativity and intelligence.

Br. Abid