Muslims & Home School

In a continuation of our discussion of home schooling, I found this article from the New York Times about Muslims and Home Schooling.  The decision to home school their children in the Muslim community comes from their own cultural values.  Their beliefs have shaped the type of environment they want to expose them to due to differences with school systems.  I can understand their decision based on this reason and they are more than welcome to do so.

Within the article, Muslim students have been labeled as being “terrorists” because of the religious beliefs of the attackers in terrorists attacks in the Middle East and 9/11.  The fear everyone felt, and some still feel, has caused us to behave irrationally, suspecting every Muslim citizen of being a vessel of violence.  It bothers me that we have to associate every single person with a certain group of people, based on their physical appearance.  As a result, students from these homes cannot attend school without being harassed by their peers for something they didn’t have anything to do with.  For this reason, it may be good idea to consider home school, but should students have to live in fear because others do?

I enjoyed the story about Robina Asghar’s son who turned the prejudice into a motivator to learn all he can about civil rights and dream about becoming a lawyer.  I love hearing about students who face adversity head on and turn it into something positive.  It shows how much character they have inside of them and the type of person they are becoming.

Anywho, home schooling, when for the right reasons, can be a good alternative, but I don’t think it should be something to use just to live in fear of other people’s ignorance.  I may come off as bold with that statement, but we fear what we don’t understand and the moment we stop calling Muslims “terrorists” and understand they are people too is the day we make progress.

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2 Responses to “Muslims & Home School”

  1. Wow, did you just happen to miss the whole part about how many girls are being home schooled because they are expected to do domestic chores? Are the stats showing that girls are five times more likely than boys to be pulled out of public schools? But no, you’re probably right, it’s all because they fear discrimination.

  2. No, I saw that part and it goes along with the cultural values theme. It seems unfair to the expectations they place on girls within their culture, but what can you do? You cannot tell them that their culture is completely wrong because that is apart of who they are. While I disagree with it, I cannot take away their right to choose what they believe is best for their children.


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