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oday, creativity, unique thought, even having your own opinion is no longer valued in the way that it should be. Creative people are a dying species.

It is creative people, and people who think outside the box, who have the capacity to really make a difference in the world. These are the people who solve world problems and solve problems that, we, normal people cannot.

Unfortunately, our education system does not encourage that kind of creativity. How can we expect, as parents, our children to become exceptional when they’re being educated in the same way as everybody else?

They are all on the same treadmill to mediocrity, to being average.

John Taylor Gatto famously said that if you want to raise exceptional children, you need to be willing to do something exceptional.

John Taylor Gatto famously said that if you want to raise exceptional children, you need to be willing to do something exceptional.

And that means home education. Not only home educating your children; the key is how you home educate your children.

My name is Dr. Gemma Elizabeth, and I’m going to be speaking at the Islamic Homeschool Convention this March with Laylah’s Classroom. What I want to talk about is—how can you, as a parent, encourage independent learning?

How can you, as a home educator, as a parent, nurture this free thinking with your children within your home?

How can you encourage them to think creatively and to think away from the confines of society and their culture so that they can, insha’Allah, become one of these exceptional human beings who has the capacity to make a real impact on the world?

I’d like to get the conversation started now.

I’d really love if you would leave questions down below; things that you would like me to touch upon in my talk this coming March at the Islamic Homeschool Convention.

So, please, leave in the comments below any questions you would like me to address, and inshaAllah, I will do my best to answer them in my talk.

I hope to see you all there!

Gemma Elizabeth

Dr. Gemma Elizabeth is a homeschooling mother of three from the U.K. As a passionate advocate for home education, she writes widely on the subject for various publications and speaks to mothers across the country about the benefits of homeschooling. In between the science experiments, read-alouds and math drills, she finds time to film videos for Youtube and writes on her blog OurMuslimHomeschool.com.