Home Schooling Muslim Children

January 14, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


On January 14, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the Saleem family is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims opting to teach their children at home. As do home schoolers of other faiths, Ms. Saleem says teaching her children herself ensures they absorb a strong religious identity... But since Sept. 11, she says, a newer set of fears is pushing Muslim parents toward home-schooling: Concerns about their children's safety in public schools and, on the flip side, the possibility that they'll be exposed to extremist views in private Islamic schools... With so few Muslim home schoolers, parents say it can be an isolating and time-consuming experience. Publishers don't yet produce texts or curriculum designed specifically for the Muslim homeschool audience. So parents must develop their own lesson plans, often adapting materials designed for Christian home schoolers... Muslim home schooling is in the early stages - comparable to the experience of Evangelical Christian home schoolers in the 1970s, says Patricia Lines, a former US Education Department researcher and current fellow at the Discovery Institute think tank in Seattle."

See also: Islam, Schools