Perils of Early Education
In a thought-provoking article, “Akhbar Al-Madinah” published Noora Bint Abdullah’s insights on early childhood education. Noora and Faiza Dabbagh, Jeddah Training College’s principal, discussed the Perils of Early Education and why women often avoid educating their children, especially in the early stages.
The Significance of Early Education
Early education forms the foundation for a child’s future, shaping their world and preparing them for advanced learning. However, there’s a noticeable gap in women taking on this critical role.
The Reluctance Explained
Noora Bint Abdullah and Faiza Dabbagh both touched on why many women hesitate to teach their children, even up to class 5, in the primary stage. Understanding these reasons is vital for addressing this issue.
The Consequences of Women as Primary Educators
One significant concern revolves around the potential mixing of women with adult children if primary education predominantly relies on women. This mixing can have far-reaching consequences, impacting the child’s psychology and introducing unwarranted social dynamics.
The Threat of Early Mixing
The concept of early mixing, proposed by some, could lead to broader mixing at later educational stages. This poses a considerable challenge, as mixed education has been linked to various problems in countries adopting this approach.
Safeguarding Islamic Values
This section underscores the need to preserve Islamic values in education, emphasizing the importance of protecting the education system’s integrity by ensuring boys and girls receive separate educations.
The Role of Teachers
This section highlights teachers’ critical role in shaping children’s education, discussing the preference for male teachers in certain aspects of education and the importance of instilling core values in children.
A Call to Action
Early education by women is a topic of great importance. While it has its merits, concerns exist about potential mixing and its impact on Islamic values. By comprehending these concerns and taking necessary precautions, we can ensure the welfare and success of our children in both this world and the hereafter.
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