Failures of Modern Schooling – Islamic Perspective

Khir, insha’Allah.

Sorry for the delay in posts, but I’ve been conducting a great deal of research, in support of the deteriation of modern schooling here in America and the Western world–and Islamic private schools are FAR from immune of the problems! In some cases, they make even worse problems. {Details to follow in my upcoming series, insha’Allah}.

Rather than hash out all the details, I feel it’s a disservice not to share the wealth of valuable articles and resources I find during my research, and share some significant quotes.

I’ve read every single one of these articles pasted below and highly recommend you take the time for the peace, happiness and strength (more like their mind, bodies & soulds) of your little ones, insha’Allah.

As always, please share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Education for Decolonization and Rejuvenation 2002 live dialogue

Decolonizing Contemporary Education 2004

The Failures and Limitations of Modern Schooling 3/05

Preparing Parents as Educators ~ The Role of Learning Gatherings 6/05

The Westernization of Islamic Education 5/05

Education of Muslim Children – Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph.D analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of Public, Parochial, Private non-parochial, Islamic, Virtual Islamic, or Home Schools in the United States.

Hence, Home Schooling #1 Option:

Homeschooling our Children is an Act of Obedience to Allah

You do not have to be a teacher or have a university degree to teach your
children at home. Studies have proven that homeschooled children are
approximately five years ahead of children that attend public school, regardless
of their parent’s level of education. More and more Imams are encouraging
homeschooling and some are stating it is a requirement, allhumdulilah.

Returning Children to an Allah Centred Environment

The public school is now used as a laboratory for social and educational
experimentation. These theories by in large have shown to be dismal failures in
educating children. Even so these models are not removed, changed or replaced.
One of these new theories is called “Outcome Based Education”. In this system
students are taught and graded as a group. If only one child of the group works
hard and completes the assignment, while the rest do nothing but sign their
name, all will profit from the work of the one. The student who did all the work
on project becomes disheartened and in future will do less work. Those who
depended on the hard work an effort of the responsible student have no sense of
accomplishment or their own worth. The system rewards sloth.

Another
educational theory is called Whole Language. In this learning technique instead
of teaching reading, spelling and the rules of writing, children are read to.
Eventually, it is hoped that they will learn to read and write well through
osmosis. Parental concerns are considered unimportant, as the Professionals
“know better”. Old techniques that have actually taught children reading,
writing and Arithmetic, are not revived.

A school administrator in California told the interviewer from 20/20
that the old techniques that focus on rote memorization and drill, stifle
creativity and should not be returned to. To counter this idea others have
suggested the creativity is actually enhance and increased when matters of rules
and form are already learned. Students are not bogged down with questions of
spelling, looking up every word to come up with a readable sentence. The purpose
of writing is to transmit thoughts and ideas to another person. That process is
thwarted when much of the sentence is not spelled correctly with no phonetically
base. Children with this knowledge start a step or two ahead.

School, local and state officials are often very much against home
schooling.. When a parents chooses to home school and removes a child from the
classroom many districts loose money. The federal government gives schools money
based on head count, by removing their children, a parent lowers the amount of
money a school system will receive.

Choosing to home school also means rejecting the idea of centralized
state schools and authority. Many teachers and administrators believe that they
are the only persons qualified to teach children Homeschoolers challenge this
notion and actively fight any proposal that they be required to take
certification programs or tests. Finally, choosing to home schooling might
simply be saying to the teacher, principal, administrator that the schools
aren’t good enough or that they are doing a lousy job at educating. School,
local and state officials often count on families not knowing their rights, when
they bully and intimidate. It is for this reason and the bigotry that Muslims in
the United States face that Muslim Home School Network and Resource encourages
Muslim home schooler’s to secure legal representation before beginning to home
school.

Reasons to Homeschool Your Children (Insha’Allah)

The first and foremost reason to educate our children in the home is to ensure
that they are being educated according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the
Prophet (saws).
By ensuring the quality of our children’s education we may be
able to help save our children from the hellfire insha’Allah.
We as parents
cannot take lightly the responsibility that Allah has given to us. Nor can we
delegate this responsibility to others.
For surely we will all stand before
Allah one day and answer to him as to the children He placed in our care, and
how we motivated them in their pursuing the akhirah (hereafter) our real home,
and not this world a place of examination.

The Advantages of Homeschooling for Muslim Children Eleven Reasons To Home School Your Children Keeping the Faith: More and More American Muslims are Choosing to Home School By Ephrat Livni – ABCNews.com

While there are many approaches to home schooling, most of these approaches seem
to view education as an interconnected array of subjects related to daily life
(Sheehan, 2002). One method in particular, called creative home schooling, tends
to align its thinking with that of an MI enhancing environment. “Creative home
schooling is based on principles and an understanding of creative learning,
divergent thinking, immersion learning, and self-directed learning” (Rivero,
2002, p. 199). Creative home schooling offers parents a way to integrate the
best of several home schooling approaches that meet their individual child’s
needs. The focus of learning in a creative home school is to allow the child to
fulfill his or her human potential rather than to educate for the next purely
academic milestone (Rivero, 2002). “Creative home schooling offers parents a
chance to create a truly individualized education based on a firm theoretical
foundation unique to their child’s needs” (Rivero, 2002, p. 200). By using the
creative home schooling approach, a parent can then develop a curriculum built
on the needs of his or her child, and involves an integration of an MI program.

Undoubtedly, homeschooling takes patience and stamia…but I hold true that not everyone can be a teacher (certified professional), but just-about ALL parents CAN be homeschool parents…after all, who taught them to smile, hug, love, talk, walk, say “Allah” SWT?!?!?!

Wa salam my dear sister ;-)

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