Teaching Children: A Moral, Spiritual, and Holistic Approach to Educational Development, written by Ann El-Moslimany, explores education from the following point of views:
- Essential principles of Tawhid (Humanity, Knowledge and oneness of God)
- Fitrah (Concept about human nature)
- Role of Humans as representatives of God on earth ( Stewardship and responsibility)
According to the author, our present education system is backdated of a hundred years or more, and it desperately needs a reboot. Our education system itself has now become a factory while developing the industrialized society, and as a result, students merely regurgitate facts and are becoming cogs in the machine, which is the wider industrial complex. Furthermore, a soulless functional education system is gradually building up, which fails to develop students to meet present as well as future needs of individuals along with their expectations. In the end, this failure inevitably is having an impact on our society and humanity. Only the sum of human knowledge is now freely available via the internet, whereas our society has long since moved beyond the industrial revolution and into an era of the global network.
Considering above facts, our education system needs an effective holistic educational philosophy that will give full spiritual meaning to all that a child learns. It will also equip children with spiritual awareness, social responsibilities, and accountability, morals and values, self-discipline and self-determination, self-confidence and empowerment, aspiration and ambition tempered with thoughtfulness and gratitude.