In the virtual world, the definition of a student-teacher relationship is hazy, particularly on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, where adults and teens share the same forums to connect and keep in touch with friends, classmates, relatives, and co-workers. Chances are, your teen has already found her teachers on Facebook and sent friend requests to join their networks.

But is it appropriate for your child to “friend” a teacher on a social network? Terrence Jegaraj, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, primarily adds former teachers or instructors from summer programs in which he has participated. “I am…

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Kids gravitate towards technology—if your child heads straight for the video games or Facebook after school, you know what we’re talking about. With a world of information at their fingertips nowadays, it seems like kids should be finding it easier than ever to succeed in school. However, as more classrooms invest in the latest technology, test scores remain the same, bringing its effectiveness into question.

Technology and Teaching

“Incorporating technology into the classroom requires a double innovation,” says Shelley Pasnik, director of the Center for Education and Technology, Educators who receive new technology must first learn how to use the equipment…

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Islamic Education: A New Approach

The Early Years

One of the biggest challenges we face today as Muslims in general, is the challenge of providing Islamic education to the younger generation. Education we receive through the early stages of our lives shapes our way of thinking and is therefore of primary importance. Most education that young Muslims receive today is secular. This is perhaps the main reason for the lack of scholarshipin the Ummah in the recent decades. The minds of our youth today areshaped by the secular education system where religion either plays no part,
or plays a very marginal role. Even…

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KNOWLEDGE – The Light Of Life

Alia Ahmed | Young Muslims

“Dedicate your life to Knowledge and Humanity”, these were words
of advice from my father when I had asked for his autograph – it was precisely
what his life was all about. But this was way back in my teenage years and I wonder
if I had grabbed the true wisdom behind these momentous words then. Sixteen
years down the road, I still wonder if I do now.

Knowledge may be a single word but it has so much depth in it that we are seldom
able to do justice to it’s meaning. Synonymous to…

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A Personal Approach to Education

The small community atmosphere that private schools offer is one of most important benefits that these schools provide. Most private schools have low student-to-teacher ratios in the classroom which allow teachers more opportunities to interact with each individual student. Teachers are able get to know students better in these small classrooms and can adjust their lesson plans to target specific areas where students may be excelling or struggling in.

Not only are the classrooms more personal, but private school students seem to form stronger personal connections with people within their community. Researchers found that adolescents attending…

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