As salamu aleykum wa rahmatullah,
I know I'm young, but I just ask out of my curiosity...
1 What type of education is best for a Muslim child?
I've heard several stories about Muslim children having to be taken out of mainstream schools to either go to an Islamic school or to be home schooled because of bullying from other pupils. Some even get bullied by the teachers due to religion discrimination. My school is taught about different religions and to respect them - in fact my primary school and my high school has done that.
But is mainstream school the best option for a Muslim child?
I've heard several good stories about Islamic school - but I don't know much about them.
Do they follow the same curriculum as mainstream schools? Do they learn about respect of other religions and about them? Do they get given homework and do they, in English-speaking countries (or any non-Arabic speaking country, for that matter) get taught modern Arabic or any other kind of Arabic? And how does the school year format go? In mainstream, some schools have nurseries which are from age 3 to 4 and at age 4 they go into the infant department of primary school: reception (age 4 to 5), year one (age 5 to 6) and year two (age 6 to 7), then to junior department: year three, (age 7 to 8), year four (age 8 to 9), year five (age 9 to 10) and year six (age 10 to 11). then it goes to high school and the same format goes. of course then there's sixth form, i won't go into that - but what's the format for islamic schools?
I've also heard several good stories about home schooling, but I can think of a down side to that already - what about socialising with other people and other children? This is very important in a child's life, and it's best from an early age. How long does home schooling go on for in terms of time per day? Does the private tutor come to teach every lesson each and every day of the week, Monday to Friday?
Do they follow a similar curriculum to Islamic schools or mainstream and are they expensive?