On a chilly afternoon in western Loudoun County, a group of children used tweezers to extract rodent bones from a regurgitated owl pellet. A boy built a Lego launcher. A girl practiced her penmanship. On the wall, placards read, "I fast in Ramadan," "I pay zakat" and "I will go on hajj."I am very fortunate to know Priscilla Martinez, her husband Rizwan and many in their faith community. They are exceptional people, and exceptionally civic-minded. There is a false stereotype of homeschooling families as being isolated from the community, but I haven't found that to be true. I hope that as time goes on we will break down the self-imposed walls between public, private and homeschool education for the benefit of every child in our community.
Welcome to Priscilla Martinez's home -- and her children's school, where Martinez is teacher, principal and guidance counselor, and where the credo "Allah created everything" is taught alongside math, grammar and science.