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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!)
Making an accommodation for Aisha is not going to change the dynamics of the class or make other students feel weird. Learning will not be disrupted. However, if Aisha is not accommodated, she will not learn and her group will be at a disadvantage because they have one less participant. The goal is to educate and accommodating Aisha will not prevent that goal from being reached. She is in the United States and that should mean that she is FREE to be herself and be true to her religion.
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: In the United States we have freedom of expression and religion. Moreover, I think you have a valid point about if you have her in a group with males then they will not be productive. I think you have to take this into consideration because it would be unfair to the group members if she didn't participate. However, it would also be unfair to her because you are not understanding her culture.
Rated On: May 25, 2015 1:26 am
Rated By: ReMuXy