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Monday, June 13, 2005

"The Model School, Islamic Style: As they learn about the American Dream, these kids wonder if it's theirs to pursue"

Time is featuring an article on the Universal School, "an Islamic institution teaching 638 students in pre-K through 12th grades in" Illinois.

The school's goal is to give its students such a solid grounding in their religion and education that they will be able to go forth and succeed in mainstream American life without compromising their values. "Proud to be Muslim, proud to be American," says Safaa Zarzour, vice chairman of the school's board and its former principal....

Since 9/11, "there's been extra pressure on them," says Hanan Abdallah, their assistant principal. "Anytime they're out, whatever they say counts 110%. They are young adults at an earlier age."

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