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Does the Hijab Increase Academic Performance for Girls?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 21, 2013 @ 9:36 am In The Point | 9 Comments

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.


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