ERIC Number: EJ1175215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Advocating for Muslim Students: If Not Us, Then Who?
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v50 n2 p82-93 2018
The acrimonious and hateful rhetoric dominating the public and political arenas and the tide of division and nationalism gaining support in many parts of the world (Arnova et al. 2013. "Comparative education: the dialectic of global and local." Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield) seem to be reflected in the US school system. As evidenced by a growing number of faith-based private schools, and charter and public schools being segregated along ethnic, religious, cultural and racial lines (Orfield and Gordon 2001. "Schools more separate: consequences of a decade of resegregation." Cambridge, MA: Civil Rights Project, Harvard University). Being an educator and a Muslim, I find myself concerned with the phenomenon of an increasing number of Muslim students turning to private Islamic schools, instead of public schools for their education (Badawi 2005. "Parental reasons for school choice: a case study of an Islamic school in the United States of America." Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). Informed by the present status of Muslims in the US and the relevant literature on integration, assimilation, and multiculturalism, the purpose of this paper that was developed through an autoethnography is to start a critical conversation, about the rights of Muslim students to receive equitable public education opportunities that recognise their cultural rights as a minority in the US.
Descriptors: Muslims, Advocacy, Nationalism, Private Schools, Religious Education, Charter Schools, School Segregation, Teacher Attitudes, Islam, Public Schools, School Choice, Parent Attitudes, Acculturation, Social Integration, Minority Groups, Civil Rights, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnography, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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