Education Gadfly links to stories on Islamic education.
Time profiles a suburban Chicago school that sounds like a traditional Catholic school, only Islamic. The school prepares students to be Americans of the Muslim faith.
Jordan is rewriting textbooks and rethinking curricula to downplay jihad, reports the New York Times.
AMMAN, Jordan – By Middle Eastern standards, Jordanian schoolbooks are relatively free of bombast. But some textbooks used here to teach Islamic culture contain nefarious conspiracies that just will not go away.
There is the Western plot to divide the Muslim world. There is the conniving Jew seeking to destroy Islam. And there is the call for a return to the faith in response.
Gadfly also responds to a New York Times op-ed, “The Madrassa Myth.”
Finally, two days after the Times discussed the widespread violent fundamentalism associated with Islamic schools, it published an op-ed asserting that the United States has nothing to fear from madrassas (religious Muslim schools, which are often accused of fostering violent Islamic fundamentalism, see here) because such schools “do not teach the technical or linguistic skills necessary to be an effective terrorist.” The authors, Peter Bergen and Swati Pandey, attempt to prove this by noting that only nine of 75 terrorists behind recent terror attacks were educated at madrassas. Yikes. Even if these schools aren’t teaching the “technical” skills of terrorism, they often imbue young Muslims with a violent interpretation of Islam that fosters and foments these terrorist acts.
Madrassas teach students to memorize the Koran and obey their religious superiors. They’re not big on teaching “critical thinking” skills.