Still thinking along the lines of what I posted yesterday and wanted to expand and clarify what I was trying to say based on a few comments.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t homeschool to protect our children or that protecting our children is wrong. Anyone that knows me, knows that I really do try to ensure that my children mix with other children of good characters and to protect them from anything that could corrupt their foundation in Islam and natural fitrah.
But I do think that there are some sisters who literally shut their kids off from the world, don’t want them to mix with non-muslims and this really scares me. As when these kids grow up and have to venture out into the world, I think they are going to have a BIG shock and find it very very difficult to cope. I know one sister’s son who was home educated who was ‘protected’ and when he did meet the world – he lost his emaan, everything. It was so sad.
And I do feel that we should home ed because it is the best option for the kids. Because in my opinion (and it is my opinion – everyone is entitled to their own opinions) when one home educates as the second ‘best’ they go into it with that frame of mind instead of seeing it as a wonderful holistic method of education for their children. The results as a result of that thinking are quite different in my humble opinion.
For example, when I was young. My Dad was VERY very strict. Although he wasn’t a Muslim, he was very particular about how I dressed, that I didn’t mix with boys etc etc He literally hid the world from me down to the things that I watched in my teens! So, when I had my bit of freedom (when my parents divorced), I literally went WILD! And it scares me so much knowing that many Muslims think that because they are Muslim, that their children are saved from this. Or that, if they shut them away from the world that they will grow up as pious Muslims. Guidance is in the hands of Allah (Swt). But I just think home ed should be about PREPARING children from the world.
There are certain things I would NEVER introduce my kids to until they are a certain age as I want them to have a firm foundation in Islam, but at the same time if my children ask me questions then I will give them as open an answer as possible. Eg. R has started asking me about hinduism and divali.
The main point of my previous post was that whatever our reasons, we should always return back to our reasons of why we home ed because this will make us better home educators. I suppose the most important thing is that we home educate to attain the pleasure of Allah (Swt).
And Allah knows best.