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The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos.Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won't feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith.
Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities.
As long as they pay for it that is their right in the US. In England I believe such schools are tax payer funded.
There is a belief among ethnic minority parens that the British schooling does not adequatly address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response.
Since they have moved to England under their own free will I would say that their culture should be an English culture. If they want a Islamic culture they should return to their Islam dominated country.
State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.
No. Studies have shown that the most effective, and quickest, method of teaching a new language is immersion. A common language, English, is required to have a functioning society.
Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslims have the right to educate their children in an environment that suits their culture.
No. If they want a Muslim culture they should move to a Muslim country,
This notion of "integration", actually means "assimilation", by which people generally really mean "be more like me". That is not multiculturalism
If you do not want to be assimilated into your new country’s culture, why are you there?
In Sydney, Muslims were refused to build a Muslim school, because of a protest by the residents. Yet a year later, permission was given for the building of a Catholic school and no protests from the residents. This clrearly shows the blatant hypocrisy, double standards and racism. Christians oppose Muslim schools in western countries yet build their own religious schools.
I cannot speak with certainty about the Sydney situation and neither can you. On the face of it I would say that the residents didn’t want a Muslim school in their neighborhood, probably because they did not want an influx of Muslim inhabitants. You may consider that bigoted. That is your right. That was their right.
British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism.
Good schooling begins in the home and continues in the home. You should spend less time making excuses and more time examining the home. There is no such thing as a racism gene or virus and I hope your comment was for drama’s sake only.
The father of a Pakistani office cadet who was called a "Paki" by Prince Harry has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son's passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince's comments.
Muslims have become infamous for their ability to become insulted at the drop of a cartoon. See the riots and deaths over the famous Danish newspaper cartoons. My advice is to get over it or move to a Muslim dominated country.
BTW – Less you think me insensitive, remember in this country we have Red Necks, Hillbillies, Yankees, Coonassess, Valley Girls, Pollacks, Cowboys, Jocks, and a host of other names. Some of us make a career out of protesting such things.
Queen Victoria invited an Imam from India to teach her Urdu language. He was highly respected by the Queen but other members of the royal family had no respect for him. He was forced to go back to India. His protrait is still in one of the royal places.
I have no idea why the Queen did such a thing, Probably to pander to her “subjects” in India. I would say that being in India at all was a mistake, and so was the pandering.
There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be designated as Muslim community schools with bilingual Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
Yes, I understand that you see the Muslim faith as too weak to succeed in an environment that allows the free expression of ideas. That is why many of your cultural activities, arranged marriages, stoning women, hanging gays, etc., are viewed as if they come from the 7th Century. They do.