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Reader comment on item: What Are Islamic Schools Teaching?

Submitted by Arvind.M (India), Apr 1, 2005 at 18:46

If the west is unable to do so without islamic schools, then let them be established, but only under the strictist regulation of the state or the federal education board. Another way to keep such schools under check would be to conduct regular inspections ensuring antinational/hate propaganda is not begin taught. A better way would be ensure that the teaching staff is not entirely muslim, this has a good chance of keeping a check on the teachers. Also the law should maintain a minimum level of qualifications expected from the teaching staff (perhaps even requirement of a minimum period of stay in the host nation) It would also be best for the government to demand transperancy in fund allocation and ban foreign funding.

When the other groups have exclusive private schools to themselves, it is impossible to stop the islamic community from having their own. But they must be allowed to do so only under the strictest of guidelines (perhaps a guarantee from the sponsorers?) and most importantly not expect more appeasement eg: Shariah courts. But even with laws, I still doubt whether the western society would be able to control such schools. Most likely, the community would be able to manage to circumvent the law by depending on the media's help, then it would back to the usual business.


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