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  Case: Cannot Cooperate
Aisha is known as a responsible and smart student. I have known her for the last two years, but this year is the first time she is taking one of my classes. She is in my 10th grade US History class. Recently, I started using small group projects in my class. I simply want my students to learn to cooperate, exchange ideas, and produce the project together. Although Aisha is willing to take part in these small group projects, she does not want to be in groups with male students because of her religious beliefs. When she told me about this, I told her that she was in the United States and that she had to work with whoever she is in a group with. In the first group project, Aisha was in a group with three males and one female students. She simply did not participate in any of the group activities. I wonder if should reconsider my original position on this issue and accommodate Aisha by having her work only with girls. Would I be doing her a disservice? What should I do?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
I think in this situation, accommodating the student would be an acceptable action. The student is not asking to be removed from the group out of prejudice towards other student, but simply asking to remain in accordance with her religious beliefs. To ensure the student is being truthful, I would suggest verification of her beliefs and request her parents place documentation in her file regarding any religious conflicts that may arise and solutions for these conflicts, so that in the future there is no question. Whether or not this action "does a disservice" to the student is not pertinent, only that the students religious beliefs are respected in accordance with the law.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Accommodating is something necessary and useful for future success.
Rated On: July 3, 2013 12:36 am
Rated By: CI-GSU
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments:
Rated On: May 26, 2014 2:13 am
Rated By: James Moran
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I completely agree with this solution especially having the parents involved. It shows you care and let's everyone be on the same page. Furthermore, it is very important to most likely do an inventory on your students before the school year begins. A learning style/religious inventory is very helpful. It allows you to prepare for an upcoming lesson and being tactful to the views and styles of your student.
Rated On: May 24, 2015 8:02 pm
Rated By: ezyXyh
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Excellent idea!
Rated On: October 18, 2015 11:45 pm
Rated By: Jessica Sorensen
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments:
Rated On: October 8, 2017 9:35 pm
Rated By: Nick