Research done on Muslim students and families in public schools shows overwhelmingly that religion plays a vital role in the their lives and that they experience detrimental treatment in public schools due to a lack of knowledge about their religious and cultural background on the part of the educators. You can take the training Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools to learn more about that.
Of course, no educator wants their students and families to feel mistreated or misunderstood. In fact, public education for years now has devoted plenty of energy and resources to fulfilling ideals of equity, multiculturalism, diversity, and antiracism etc.
But the typical shortcoming of these trainings is they use catch-all conceptualizations that attempt to put the experience of students from the non-dominant culture into one basket. There may be some initial use and benefit to this, but most educators today are left overwhelmed and feeling like there is a need to understand students on a deeper level that includes learning specific knowledge about their students and their family backgrounds. Especially knowledge that is immediately relative to how they show up in the classroom.
For teachers of Muslim students, this is where Engaging Muslims Students in Public Schools has been found invaluable.
Not only does this training bridge difficult gaps of understanding, but it also points out pitfalls that are common today in our schools’ approaches to equity and diversity that, while well-intended, can actually have the impact of hurting and further alienating Muslim students and families.
Register for the training today or ask your school to sign you up. Once you are registered you can take the course at your own pace, and it is mobile friendly to take.
You will be amazed at how much this training gives you towards understanding and engaging your Muslim students and families on a deeper level.
It’s plainly obvious to most in education that religious diversity is neglected in preservice teacher training. It is standard that licensure programs offer at least one course that examine concepts of diversity, equity, inclusive practices, or multicultural education. However, courses that look specifically at religious diversity, or at a specific religious minority group, are exceedingly rare in teacher education. None exist that I have been able to locate (if you know of one please let me know about it ?).
A study done of preservice teachers at Ohio State University in 2006 that examined attitudes towards religious diversity of preservice teachers in Columbus, OH. Predictably, it found that it was a sensitive topic for the student-teachers to approach, and they were therefore hesitant to approach religious topics at all despite the fact that they actually had many questions about it they wanted to have answered. the study’s subjects to approach them, increased when religious issues intersected with race and gender topics (Subedi, 2006).
That study only illustrates what teachers who work with Muslim students already know. Many people have questions that they need answers to, but due to the general sensitivity in society around religion, as well as the stigma that exists for Muslims and Islam in particular, knowing how and where to get answers is simply difficult and therefor bypassed.
This is why Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools has been so appreciated by those who have taken it. It bridges this gap for educators intentionally and effectively. There is a common metaphor in education that culture is like an iceberg. There is much that we see above the surface, but most of it exists below the surface. Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools sets a new standard for giving teachers a view below the surface.
Don’t wait to register or to ask your school to sign you up.