Schools Should Address Aggression Toward Muslim Students says Dr. Thea Renda Abu El-Haj and colleague

Photo of Dr. Thea Renda Abu El-HajGiven the anti-Muslim rhetoric circulating across our nation, many Muslim students confront hostile school climates in which even in the absence of acts of physical violence, they are subject to hate speech and microaggressions,” writes Dr. Abu El-Haj and Dr. Ben-Porath. “While this is a sad reality that members of other groups face in schools as well, the struggles of Muslim students have been a growing problem since 9/11 and have reached a crisis point for many in the current political atmosphere.”

Dr. Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, author of the recently published "Unsettled Belonging: EDUCATING PALESTINIAN AMERICAN YOUTH AFTER 9/11" and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration at the GSE and her colleague Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, a Professor in the Education, Culture, and Society Division at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, recently addressed what schools and teachers can do to intervene when discriminatory speech and acts are directed toward Muslim students and teachers.  

Read their post on The Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" blog on Education by Valerie Strauss.