Some Muslim boys in New York are spending nine hours a day for two to three years memorizing the Koran so they can win entrance to Heaven for themselves and 10 family members, reports the New York Times. They learn the sounds but don’t understand the words much less analyze the meaning. Parents think the boys, who seem to be middle-school age, will catch up in high school after missing years of English, math, science and history classes.
Ann Althouse calls it child abuse, not to mention a violation of New York law, which requires children to be taught a range of subjects, whether they attend public or private school. There are lots and lots of comments.