What Else Do They Teach in an Islamic School?
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Despite attacks on Islamic schools from various quarters, the demand for places is steadily growing, as many Muslim families are eager for their children to be educated in such establishments, despite the criticism levelled against them. While one advantage is that their children are taught specific units in their faith, much like in church schools and the fast-growing Christian schools, there is also the wider issue of the broader curriculum and what is taught in these classes. There are concerns regarding whether the Islamic schools in Australia are just teaching the normal curriculum with a faith component tacked on, or whether an Islamic ethos pervades the entire curriculum, as well as the rhythm of the school year. In addition, there is the issue of what parents are expecting from Islamic schools. This chapter explores the nature of Islamic schools, and what is taught therein.
KeywordsMuslim families Secular Identity Creationism Islamic schools
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