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Niqab wearing can interfere with education

The kippa, also known as a yarmulke (yamaka) is an example cited by lawyer Julius Gray in speaking of reasonable accommodation in school settings. Some Jewish men wear a kippa only at worship, while others wear them at all times. (David Berkowitz | Wikimedia Commons)
The kippa, also known as a yarmulke (yamaka) is an example cited by lawyer Julius Gray in speaking of reasonable accommodation in school settings. Some Jewish men wear a kippa only at worship, while others wear them at all times. (David Berkowitz | Wikimedia Commons)

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  • Emylou Lewis 5 years ago

    Very controversial. It may help is she went to an women's school.

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  • Amanda C. Strosahl 5 years ago

    I can see the situation from both sides. As Emylou said, perhaps a women's school or a religious college would be better for someone with such strong beliefs.

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  • Trevor Ford 5 years ago

    You only cite the school director and the government, but do not have any quotes from the veiled lady herself...not ideal reporting. Also, are you saying that the wildly successful online language courses...are well...unsuccessful?

  • Kyla Matton - Mtl Parenting & Ed Examiner 5 years ago

    @Emmylou & Amanda: I can also see this story from both sides. It may help if she were able to access an all-women's or religious school. I am not aware of any such school that offer the francization course, however.

    I also feel there are details the public is missing - partly because the woman declined to be identified by name, much less interviewed until after her second expulsion last week. I suspect there was a change of professor in the second block of her course, and that this is possibly the source of the building tensions at CEGEP de Saint-Laurent.

  • Kyla Matton - Mtl Parenting & Ed Examiner 5 years ago

    @Trevor: Indeed, it is less than ideal to not have quotes from Ms Ahmed herself. Until news broke about her second expulsion she made herself unavailable for comments. See www.examiner.com/x-29335-Montreal-Parenting--Education-Examiner~y2010m3d10-Niqab-wearer-expelled-from-second-francization-course for details she has now chosen to make public through an interpreter.

    I have made no attempt anywhere to characterize the success of the online francization courses, and in fact if you follow my work you will discover that I am in favour of both online learning and distance education.

    The online courses involve the use of a "virtual classroom" which would seem to pose the very same issue as Ms. Ahmed faced at the CEGEP: revealing her face in front of men to whom she is not related. As far as I am aware, there are no gender segregated courses offered.

    I also feel that recent statements from government officials take away from the claims that pedagogy is the real issue here.

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