On 21/04/2022 12:29, Mike Davis wrote:
> There's another hypothesis; girls who wear veils come from very strict
> families who may not have the same openness to Western education.
No, because if that were the case, forcing the girl to remove her veil
would merely increase antipathy to western education and, presumably,
make good results less likely.
> I had a devout Muslim working for me a few years ago (no, she didn't
> wear a veil), she had a PhD in biology and had worked for Astra-Zenica.
> I asked her how she reconciled her study of evolution with the Quran.
> She just said she kept them in separate boxes!
Very sensible. I do much the same, though I hope I do keep examing both
sets of boxes to see where harmony might be possible.
> So I'd hypothesise that the strictest families (ie veil-wearing girls)
> may experience the greatest intellectual conflict between school & home,
> with resulting tensions diminishing their results.
Indeed, but as I point out above, forcibly removing the veil will not
lessen that conflict. Therefore the fact that removing the veil meant
that the girl achieved better results points to some other factor as