i've got a student this year who was home schooled (until now obviously) i have to admit i was a bit sceptical about how he would fit in with the rest of the class, but now i actually think he is a genius, i'm not kidding. his most recent homework is 15,000 words (are doctoral thesis even that long?) he casually handed it in with the words "i've got some bedtime reading for you" hhhmmm.
his level of maturity, social skills and general attitude far exceeds anyone else i teach.
what does this say about our education system?
I was talking to his parents yesterday, and they said the main reasons they had decided to home school him was because people don't understand their religion and can't accommodate it. they are jewish. (oops i was thinking back to when i interviewed him and tried to show him how to fill in the ethnicity part "correctly")
so what about our kids then, having to grow up in a society where there is so much ignorance and hatred for anything islamic?
i know there are plenty of people trying to understand, and plenty who do not believe everything they hear on the news. and i'm glad there are so many muslims working in state schools now. but despite that,i have seen too much that worries me during my time in state schools.
for all of the talk about integration, there is too much ignorance shown by staff, who don't seem willing to understand the difference between religion and culture, for example. or don't seem to understand that even though children might complain about the lack of freedom they have, they are not going to turn their back on their way of life, when it comes down to it. and there is too much that children are exposed to, which is condoned and even encouraged by teachers, their so called role models, that is against everything they believe in.
which is why my kids (inshAllah) are not stepping foot inside a state school.