Day 45- September 11th and a thought/question

I've had this up since Labor Day.

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!

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7 responses to “Day 45- September 11th and a thought/question

  1. Joede

    It is all based upon the strength of the faith of the family. I went to school with plenty of Christian kids who weren’t swayed by the sins of others and are still holding strongly to their core values.
    The problem is most families don’t instill those values strongly enough and even when you do..humans are humans and faced with temptation enough most give in at some point. For many parents keeping their children away from the temptations of those sins by homeschooling them especially in the early vulnerable years is just a way of helping to further keep those values in tact.
    I also believe the Christian relgion doesn’t teach fear of God quite like the Muslim religion does and IF it was taught as strongly, it would be easier for our children to easier resist the temptation of sin.

    • Interesting about the fear of God aspect. Some think homeschooling is even more valuable in the later years to keep their kids away from influences. I see a lot of fear of the middle school years especially!

  2. Dwayne

    True, some Christians are lax in instilling the fear of God in their children. But Joede is wrong in speaking as if no, or even few, Christians do a good job in that respect.

  3. It’s just lazy parenting, honestly. I’m one of those crazy Christian (Catholic) homeschooling mamas, and there are a whole heck of a lot of benefits to homeschooling, but I don’t know that instilling strong faith is one of them. I think faithful kids are formed by faithful parents and faithful parenting, whether or not public school is involved. Do we talk to our kids about what they see and hear? Do we really and truly live our faith, even on the days that aren’t Sundays? Do we persevere when the going gets tough?

    Too many “Christian” parents are just going through the motions and our children see right through that.

    • I read a lot of blogs and it seems that instilling one’s Christian values/faith is a top reason given by most homeschoolers. I’ve read many that view that as way more important than reading/math etc… in the sense that if their child wasn’t getting super educated it would still be ok because they’re getting the most important education which is a love of the Lord. I respect a parent’s right to make those decisions, but I wonder why it seems so many are practically asserting that you can’t raise children with good Christian values if you’re sending them to the “secular humanist” environment of the public schools everyday.
      For whatever reason the Muslim community doesn’t seem to have this concern, or if they do I’m just not noticing the homeschooling wave among them yet. I do happen to know one Muslim homeschooling mom and her reason for it is wanting to protect her children from influences. But she was born and raised here and led a bit of a rambunctious life before dedicating herself to her religion. So maybe that’s what she’s thinking about.

  4. I’m with Jennie on this one. It is possible to instill strong Christian values in your children and send them to public school, but it’s easier not to.

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