Monday, February 24, 2014
Michigan: High School students don hijabs…to explore literature
Maybe more than any other, high school can be a time when what you choose to wear has a huge impact on your sense of identity.
As students take their first steps into adulthood, they walk a fine line between fitting in with their peers and developing a unique sense of self.
Earlier this fall, a group of AP language students at Brighton High School were asked to read a memoir by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. The book detailed the experiences of women during that country’s religious revolution, including dealing with new standards of modesty in the way they dressed.
To experience the material first-hand, several girls in the class in Brighton chose to spend a full school day wearing hijabs, the head-scarves worn by Muslim women in many parts of the world.Several girls or the entire class? Hard to tell from the picture above. Did these girls just come up with the idea themselves or did the Arabic teacher (or the lone Muslim teacher in the school) suggest it?
The exercise gave students a chance to learn about an unfamiliar culture and religion. But in a school community where no students and only one teacher outwardly practice Islam, wearing the scarves was a good way to draw curious looks, questions and a few unfriendly comments.How does a language class morph into a class about culture and religion?
Teacher Diana Mason and three students at Brighton who took part recently told Stateside about the experience.
We’re repeatedly told by Muslims and their abetters who want to force Arabic language programs into schools that Arabic has nothing to do with Islam. Yet here again we see that there is an inextricable link and inevitably these courses lead directly into exercises in Islamic dawah and dhimmitude.Listen to the Michigan NPR propaganda and how impressionable young minds are being targeted.