Baha’u’llah said, in a Tablet (translated from the Persian) : “That which is of paramount importance for the children, that which must precede all else, is to teach them the oneness of God and the laws of God.
“The parents must exert every effort to rear their offspring to be religious, for should the children not attein this greatest of adornments, they will not obey their parents, which in a certain sense means that they will not obey God.
” Indeed, such children will show no consideration to anyone, and will do exactly as they please.”
Compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, A Compilation on Baha’i Education (Haifa: Baha’i World Centre, August 1976) P. 3. Available from http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BE/be-15.html