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ERIC Number: EJ922987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Islam in the Classroom: Teachers and Parents Alike Are Unsure about the Topic, but It's Never Been More Important
Barack, Lauren
School Library Journal, v56 n10 p34-37 Oct 2010
Between recent threats by a Florida pastor to burn the Quran, the nation's ongoing presence in Afghanistan, and protests at the planned site for Park 51, an Islamic community center and mosque set to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site, the topic of Islam is a tricky one, especially in K-12 schools, say many educators. For starters, it can be difficult to find appropriate materials to bring into media centers and classrooms. And then, parents can object to Islam being taught to their children, as protest groups across the Internet can attest. Of all major religious groups in the United States, Muslims trigger the most feelings of prejudice among Americans, according to a poll released in January by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. This prejudice can play out when organizations hear of Islamic culture being taught in schools. Knowing how to craft such a lesson is key. For teachers who don't have access to professional development programs, guidance on how to structure lesson plans is available online. New York's Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility has a "Teachable Moment" section on its site, which covers subjects from "Engaging the Muslim World" to a fairly topical one called "NYC Muslim Community Center: Why There? Why Not?", which includes tips on how to guide a student discussion on U.S. and Muslim relations. Schools across the country have accessed these lessons and have also been helped directly by Tala Manassah, deputy executive director of the Morningside Center, who believes that a properly constructed course can be effective in combating stereotypes. (Contains 9 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Florida; New York; United States