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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!)
Aisha should have every right to abide by her religious beliefs. Considering we are in America where we can believe what we want, she shouldn't be punished just because the teacher doesn't want to accommodate her. She should have every opportunity to learn just as much as those who do not have special beliefs. From experience, it is difficult to do something you know is not right but still have a negative consequence because you want to stand up for what is right. We make accommodations for students of all race, age, and learning ability every day. Why not make an accommodation for this child for religious purposes.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
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Comments: I completely agree with this,if it's her religious beliefs she should be able to abide by them.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 2:49 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery
 
     
     
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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: Yes I agree that an accommodation should be made for her religious beliefs
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:52 am
Rated By: uZyvaP
 
     
     
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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: I like your statement on this issue. I agree that Aisha should have the right to her religious beliefs and should be able to do as she pleases. I also like how you used the example that we have accommodations for all students no matter what the issue is and we should do the same for her.
Rated On: May 22, 2015 7:16 pm
Rated By: Kalie Walker
 
     
     
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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: I agree that as teachers we make accommodations for students of races, ages, and abilities daily. Religion is just another factor we should consider when differentiating instruction. When the learning objective is still being reached, what does it matter if she works with just girls? It doesn't.
Rated On: May 24, 2015 7:57 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: I agree with your post although it is completely different than how I feel about the situation. I do think you made good points. When I look at this situation I see how this could affect her in the working world. Aisha will not be able to hold a job or even have lasting relationships if she can't learn to work with both genders. When she steps out into the working world she will not be able to pick and choose who she works with. I believe there should be some adjusting done, but I don't think removing her from working with males is the solution because you would be teaching her that she can do that in the real world.
Rated On: May 25, 2015 3:20 pm
Rated By: TyhyMa
 
     
     
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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: I completely agree with you. I think this child should be accommodated for 100%
Rated On: September 3, 2015 2:32 am
Rated By: Daisy Dumler
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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Comments: I agree!
Rated On: October 13, 2015 1:28 am
Rated By: yHaReH
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree with everything that you said. Alisha should be able to go to school and feel confident and comfortable, she should not have to worry about participating with males if it is against her belief. By making a good student do things that make them feel terrible, it can take away their desire to learn and come to school. i think this should be further discussed in a private meeting with just the teacher, student, and parents to make sure everyone understands each other, and she should be put in a group with all females.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 3:32 am
Rated By: yseHug
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: Excellent idea.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 11:42 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: excellent idea!
Rated On: October 23, 2015 4:09 pm
Rated By: baQumy
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments: This is a great solution and one that I would use in my classroom!
Rated On: March 2, 2016 5:48 am
Rated By: uBybuz
 
     
     
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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: I agree with this solution greatly. I believe that every student no matter there religious beliefs should have the ability to receive a fair education like everyone else.
Rated On: October 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Rated By: Xupuva