From WNET’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly comes a story of homeschooling:
FAW [correspondent BOB FAW]: Muslim parents say home schooling can provide a better learning experience because the work can be tailored to each child’s needs. Bilal, for example, who learned to read before he entered public school, got bored when he had to wait for the other kids in his grade to catch up.
RIZWAN JAKA: We’ve chosen home schooling for our children and our family to provide that, again, the strong values and strong foundation as well as strong academics and strong respect and understanding of our faith as well as respect for other faiths.
[PRISCILLA ] MARTINEZ: Our goal is basically to bring up our children who are contributing citizens, who feel that they can and should give back to the world and ultimately to grow up in peace and be able to live a fulfilling life.
FAW: As a sign in her living room reads, “Home is where your story begins,” here where the alphabet, arithmetic, and Allah meet.
The piece has the obligatory counter-balancing expert naysayer whose concerns, in the face of the clam wisdom of parents’ decision for their children, seem just shrill and out of touch. In fact, I found the parental wisdom voiced in this piece to be an articulation of much that drew me to homeschooling.
[HT – SR]