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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!)
Poor Aisha. She is in a tough place. Although your student is not participating in group activities, I do not blame her at all. If I were you, I would respect her religious beliefs and views. I would never make someone do something that would be going against their religious backgrounds. To understand where your student is coming from, I am trying to put my feet in her shoes. In my own culture, it would be looked down upon to marry young. However, in many other cultures, young women marry before they turn 15. I would feel very uncomfortable if I was forced to succumb to their beliefs. In conclusion, Aisha should be respected and join a group with all females. Hope this helps!
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
Rated On: October 8, 2017 9:35 pm
Rated By: Nick