Description of ActivityPresented paper on 'Education and Migration'
|Location||Manchester, United KingdomShow on map|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- Risk Society
- Home education
- Home Schooling
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This paper examines the experiences of Muslim families who choose to home school their children drawing upon a larger project exploring a diverse range of home schoolers. The work of Ulrich Beck (1992, 2006) is used to discuss how ‘risk’ is understood for Muslim homeschoolers often by conflating global fears of Islamification within local settings such as schools. Home schooling in the UK is subject to very low thresholds of regulation and this has increasingly led to concerns about child safeguarding and educational outcomes. There has been a noticeable trend however, for identifications of home schooled children being ‘at risk’, to seemingly reflect preconceptions about ethnicity, class or religious affiliation (Bhopal and Myers, 2018) Often Ethnic minority and poorer homeschoolers, are more readily identified as putting their children ‘at risk’ than their white, middle class counterparts. Muslim homeschoolers have been singled out by the schools inspectorate OFSTED as putting their children ‘at risk’ by using the lax regulation of home schooling as ‘cover’ for radicalising children. This has emerged against wider political and media discourses in which Muslims are portrayed as promoting narrow, religious curriculums out of step with mainstream society. Our findings suggest that many Muslim homeschoolers, like other BME families, use it as a strategy avoid racism within schools. A vicious circle emerges in which Muslim children encounter racism and bullying at school because of their religious background, causing families to withdraw children from school, which feeds further narratives in which Muslim communities are demonised.
Muslims, home education and risk in British society
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Home Schooling and Home Education: Race, Class and Inequality
Research output: Book/Report › Book