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Home Schooling

Postby abuali » 02 Nov 2010, 20:15

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Recently I have heard of and come across parents who have seriously considered 'home-schooling' their children.

Discussing with them, the following emerged as major reasons:

1. Afraid of children being influenced badly at schools (being aware of the deteriorating morals and ethics in schools these days such as drugs, dating, disrespect etc).
2. Afraid that in schools their children will be given education that encourages disbelief in oneness of Allah (SWT) (eg: Darwinism etc)
3. Distrusting of Teachers & other students (with cases of teachers/students having abused other students)
4. Unavailability of quality schools which have recognition.

I thought of starting this thread to serve as:

1. a discussion on the necessity or otherwise of home schooling in our age
2. a bank of resources (websites, addresses, reviews) of home schooling programs that any of us have experienced.

Many parents who want to try out home schooling never get down to it because they cannot find enough resources to encourage them to start. for example:

1. Which program/examination to enrol the child into? (IGCSE? I am sure there are others available)
2. How to avail the necessary material to help prepare the child for the exams?
3. Where to find a suitable home tutor to guide the child through the syllabus?
4. Where are exam centers for the program the child is enrolled into?

Please do contribute should you have any resources/opinions on the above
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby abuali » 02 Nov 2010, 20:25

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Moonbeam » 06 Dec 2010, 02:37

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A superb topic to discuss on!

I think in these times, home schooling is the best option if not the only option for safeguarding your kid's imaan and akhlaq. Because no matter how good the upbringing is at home, the peer pressure and social vices are ever prevalent and get to your kids, because they are at such tender ages to be easily influenced. And the glitter of the forbidden is always more attractive and easily attainable.

The challenges will be high m sure, but the rewards are very fruitful indeed. I myself have not yet tried it, but m seriously considering it. Apart from safeguarding the Imaan and akhlaq of kids, home schooling would also instill in them a sense of independence earlier on.

In school the knowledge is restricted to what is being taught, and the information is all researched for and given to the students who are then 'informed' about the topic. Whereas in home schooling, once you have taught your child to read and write, the world and all its resources and information is at his feet. Just give him a topic and let him research and read up on it as much as he wants to!

Have not really researched into this, these are just rough ideas that i have. Will definitely look into the websites put up here, and others too. (We shouldn't be spoon fed by Ask either :geek: )
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby abuali » 08 Dec 2010, 11:46

I have been researching whether it would be possible to register a student with gcse so that the student can sit for the exams without having to be enrolledin a traditional school.

I haven't managed to find any helpful information online. Does anyone know? Links or contact emails will also help.

I came across http://www.cambridgestudents.org.uk which may be helpful for those looking for syllabus.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby abuali » 08 Dec 2010, 11:51

A few questions for those who have thought about home schooling

1. Is home schooling loosing it's benefit due to being dependent on mainstream syllabus, in which for example study of lies and propoganda such as Darwinism is required?

2. Would you prefer to tutor your child or employ a tutor who would do so?

3. If a tutor is employed would you be present while your child is being tutored?

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