Invasive Technology?

•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The computers are loaded with learning programs, films about animals and...

“The children are barefoot. Eight-year-old Kelbessa, with his tousled hair and dreamy eyes, is wearing a men’s jacket covered with dirt and carrying a brown leather case under his arm that looks like a briefcase. Abebech is 10 and is wearing matchsticks as jewelry in her pierced earlobes. She is carrying her youngest brother in a piece of material slung over her back.

Abebech is holding the same brown leather case in her hand, containing a portable tablet PC with a touchscreen, which local residents refer to as a Computera. When Abebech switches it on, three letters appear on the screen: the letter A is wearing a baseball cap, B is warbling into a microphone and C is rapping. The letters sing the ABC song with high-pitched digital voices. They sound like Teletubbies. It isn’t a sound that adults can stand listening to for long.”

Read the full article about Ethopian kids given tablets to teach themselves.

I happened to come across this article posted on facebook about . While it’s amazing that these young children are able to figure out the technology without much or any direction at all – is anyone surprised? It is somewhat disconcerting that it seems okay to plunk this kind of technology into the hands of young without adult consent or consultation. I am not sure if this is even a viable option for this community. So many concerns – electricity, loss of tradition, relevance, among others. What are you thoughts?

An Academic Presence…

•March 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim college in America!

“Our greatest accreditation is with God.”

Hamza Yusuf

More information can be found at Zaytuna College.

Process over Product

•March 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Process by Dallas Clayton

Miseducation

•February 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Malcolm was a highly disciplined individual. He was disciplined intellectually, he was disciplined morally and he was disciplined spiritually. He was a man of prayer.

He was asked one month before he was killed, in an interview with Jack Barnes and Barry Sheppard on January 18, 1965, “What do you think is responsible for race prejudice in the US?” Malcolm responded, “Ignorance, greed and a skillfully designed program of mis-education that goes right along with the American system of exploitation and oppression… So, it takes education to eliminate it. Just because you have colleges and universities, doesn’t mean you have education. The colleges and universities in the American educational system are skillfully used to mis-educate.”

May God have mercy on this intellectual, moral and spiritual giant.
[May 21, 1925 – February 21, 1965]

Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna College

A True Education

•January 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Purpose of Education

•January 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

“The Purpose of Education:

The end of learning is to repair the ruin of our first parents

By regaining to know GOD aright,

and out of that knowledge to love Him, to imitate Hime, to be like Him.”

John Milton

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Changing the nature of Islamic education

•December 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Understanding Islamic education – Islamic pedagogy – with sincerity means including the whole American Muslim community, not just the segments we are familiar with or that we know personally. We need to get out of our comfort zone to address the real issues.

An excerpt from this powerful piece:

“The Muslim American community cannot sit comfortably in isolation. In fact, our failure to address the realities of black American Muslims is becoming more evident as neighborhoods around inner city mosques crumble and some communities have lost their youth to the streets. Many grassroots programs lack support from mainstream Muslim organizations. There are a number of well-intentioned activist Muslims of immigrant descent who are on the forefront of protesting police brutality and addressing the prison industrial complex, but many of these activists are well versed in secular activism and often by-pass initiatives led by black American Muslims, which only further marginalizes black Muslim voices. It is time that Muslim social and civil society institutions build bridges and empower the disadvantaged and protest in the same ways that they do for oppressed Muslims abroad or of the government spying of Muslims at home. For many of us black Muslims, addressing police brutality, gun violence, education and health care access is not an intellectual exercise or some activist phase of our youth. It is our very survival. I ask you to care because Renisha is me, Oscar is me, Trayvon is me, Eric Garner is me.   And there are millions of us facing this type of discrimination and profiling on a day to day, hour to hour, basis.

“Instead of making Islam the solution to society’s problems, our communities have shifted to Islam is insulating ourselves from society’s problems.  And that is problematic.  And alienating.  We should be enraged at Garner’s death.  But we should recognize that this happens daily across the nation.  And it is happening to a large segment of the American Muslim population too.  And will continue to happen, unless we all start to mobilize and organize together.”

Read the full article here.

 
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