Today is the 10 year anniversary since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Time has FLOWN by apparently because it really doesn’t feel like it all happened that long ago.
Sept 11th changed America and it also changed the perception of Muslims in this country. It just so happens that I live across the street from four different Muslim families whom I’ve gotten to know very well. I’ve attended baby showers, birthday parties, and belly dancing parties. I’ve eaten lots of Egyptian food and even took my 13 year old neighbor with me to prenatals at the birth center when I was pregnant with Natalie. Basically I’ve had a good dose of cultural awareness and I’ve seen both positive and negative aspects to things (as are present in everyone’s culture). But to keep this blog post simple, I’d like to pose the following question that has been on my mind:
If Muslim families can send their children to public school and STILL have these children grow up to be obedient to their religion and raise daughters who wear a hijab AND these kids are fully fasting during Ramadan even while at school (no food or water during the day), then how is it that this task of raising Christian children in the public school system is too hard?
It does seem that most families send their children to private school for at least two years during the elementary school years primarily to learn Arabic, but for the remainder of the time, they are in public schools.
Any thoughts on this?
Have a wonderful day!