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ERIC Number: EJ828460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
A Teacher's Power: A Muslim Child's Perspective
Shatara, Leila Hilal
Multicultural Perspectives, v9 n1 p50-52 Apr 2007
The author came to the United States when she was seven years old from Amman, Jordan. She entered public school and within two years had mastered the language and excelled in school, as did all her siblings. When she was in the third grade her teacher told her she was spelling and pronouncing her name wrong. Her name is "Laila" and that is how it is spelled. Her teacher told her that her name should be pronounced Leela and spelled "Leila." For the next nine years she was called Leila at school and Laila at home. Every minute in school emphasized the wrongness of her parents' lives and how she had to become like everyone else. Her identity was being erased. In this article, the author relates how she just realized as an adult that she was a victim of a hegemonic society. The perception of what was right and good as she was growing up was all White and Christian. She contends that there is an injustice inherent in the system where she lives and all must work to overcome it, especially the teachers. She further opines that no teacher should force a child to take on his or her views. Their job is to teach their students to be critical thinkers who can hold their heads high no matter what their color, creed, or religious affiliation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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