Cultural anthropologist and marketing communications assistant professor Carol Ferrara writes for The Conversation about French school reform laws pushing forward designed to help combat Islamic separatism after the recent terror attacks in France. Ferrara, who spent ten years researching French Muslim schools, says these schools are allies.
There is no evidence that Muslim schools, independent schools or home-schooling are the root problems of radicalization and Islamic separatism in France. To the contrary, my research suggests many of these options provide quality educational alternatives. I believe future reform efforts would be well served to consider these schools as potential allies in the fight against both radicalization and Muslim exclusion.