Washington Post—Muslims turning to home schooling in increasing numbers

Posted by Kendall Harmon

On a chilly afternoon in western Loudoun County, a group of children used tweezers to extract rodent bones from a regurgitated owl pellet. A boy built a Lego launcher. A girl practiced her penmanship. On the wall, placards read, "I fast in Ramadan," "I pay zakat" and "I will go on hajj."

Welcome to Priscilla Martinez's home -- and her children's school, where Martinez is teacher, principal and guidance counselor, and where the credo "Allah created everything" is taught alongside math, grammar and science.

Martinez and her six children, ages 2 to 12, are part of a growing number of Muslims who home-school. In the Washington area, Martinez says, she has seen the number of home-schoolers explode in the past five years.

Although three-quarters of the nation's estimated 2 million home-schoolers identify themselves as Christian, the number of Muslims is expanding "relatively quickly," compared with other groups, said Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute.

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Posted February 24, 2010 at 6:54 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Ad Orientem wrote:

Another ringing endorsement of our public schools.

February 24, 3:35 pm | [comment link]
2. C. Wingate wrote:

Well, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement of Islamic schools.

February 24, 5:04 pm | [comment link]
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