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Forum Muslim Schools 
Topic Single Sex Schools 
Author Iftikhar 
Date Created 13/07/2014 15:59:20 
Message Every week there is a story about teachers getting involved with a pupil or more... What the heck is wrong with people these days???? Why do some teachers, male and female, overstep their boundaries? This isn't a new phenomenon it's been rife since I was at school. Shame on the teachers who get inappropriately involved with pupils it's unprofessional and inexcusable and makes life harder for those who actually just want to be good attentive teachers.This kind of relationship is far more common that the public at large might suspect. I taught for 30 years and during that time was aware of at least three unprofessionally close relationships between young, and not so young, female teachers and older students. In at least one of them, the teacher was in a senior position. I can only conclude that there is something missing in the emotional development of these women who find it difficult to make relationships with men of their own age and find the adoration and control they have over young students something very appealing. Whether it causes any harm is another issue.

What is it with teachers and pupils these days? When I was a teaching student years ago we were reminded often that were "in loco parentis" - acting in the place of parents. That made the idea of any attractions between staff and students just creepy when we were young teachers. We were also taught that professionals keep a distance between themselves and clients/students. . Are teachers not taught that anymore? Probably not, now they are "friends" not stand-in parents, or professionals. We can thank the slippery slide of liberalism for that.

This is one of the many reason why Muslim parents would like to send their children to state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models. Single sex schools are required for Muslim children. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This means the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamic teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society.
London School of Islamics Trust

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