Does the Hijab Increase Academic Performance for Girls?


Loony Muslim convert Lauren Booth who is still desperately trying to get someone outside Gaza or Iran to pay attention to her has fastened onto the case of a Muslim school funded with tax monies which forced girls to sit in the back and forced them and female faculty to wear Hijabs.

I have no idea why the Sunday Times had the poor judgement to give her a platform…

Booth said Muslim schools in Manchester, where she now lives, had a “refreshingly modest dress code” which, she argued, could boost girls’ academic success and improve their emotional well-being.

How well is that academic success working?

Muslim students in the UK perform worse than any other group.

In his latest book, British Muslims and State Policies, published in 2003, he shows that the majority of Pakistani Muslims show lower educational achievement as compared to whites or Indians

While Muslim girls do perform better than Muslim boys, that has little to do with Hijabs. It’s a common pattern among some minority groups, including African-Americans.

It simply means that the male half of the group is failing to even bother to make an effort.

But if this is in the UK. If we apply the actual cultural and religious practices of the Muslim world, the picture reverses itself with female illiteracy.

In the UK, Pakistanis do poorly academically, but Pakistani girls still do better than Pakistani boys. But now let’s look at how that would work living in a Muslim country.

Official statistics released by the Federal Education Ministry of Pakistan give a desperate picture of education for all, espcially for girls. The overall literacy rate is 46 per cent, while only 26 per cent of girls are literate. Independent sources and educational experts, however, are sceptical. They place the overall literacy rate at 26 per cent and the rate for girls and women at 12 per cent, contending that the higher figures include people who can handle little more than a signature

This is girls education on Islam. And this is what Booth is really advocating.

  • Hass

    I’m quite sure most commenters here already know this.

  • john spielman

    muslim boys are too busy learning how to kill steal and rape in their islamic studies rather than math science or how to be a good citizen in a multicultural society.

  • bob e

    what is Booth’s muslim name..???

    • Softly Bob

      I don’t know, but she’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

      When told that Mohammed had a six-year old wife, she claimed that she had never heard of that before and that whoever said that was trying to discredit Islam – despite the fact that every Muslim knows about Aisha! She joined a religion that she knows nothing about. Sounds like the sort of woman who would sign a contract without reading it first.

      • defcon 4

        Of course she’s dumb as a box of rocks…she’s a woman and as allah has revealed to us, a woman’s intellect is half that of a man’s.

  • defcon 4

    You can’t afford to have educated women in an islam0fascist state, otherwise they might begin questioning their place in islamic theology. And why bother? Their intellect is half that of a man’s — as was revealed to Allah’s final prophet.

  • J Simson

    So I guess honor killings and FGM will produce Nobel leurates? I am waited with abated breath!

  • J Simson

    In Islam women are inferior to men:

    Sahih Al-Bukhari, Dr. Muhammad Matraji, tr. (New Delhi: Islamic Book Service, 2002), Number 2658

    The Prophet (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?” The women said: “Yes.” He said: “This is because of the deficiency of her mind.”

  • Art

    While there is some reason to think that Booth makes sense. Research shows that girls do better in single sex schools. However, the data here clearly shows her to be wrong. Not only because Muslims are the weakest students within the UK, but because in Muslim schools the girls do even worse than the boys, and both are doing worse than in the UK.

    Clearly, if you want to improve the educational achievement and emotional well-being of Muslim girls the best thing to do is let them emigrate to non-Muslim nations.