ADC's Education Department
Arab Americans, Muslims, and South Asians were among the secondary victims of the attacks on September 11th. Hate crimes, discrimination, and public hostility were commonplace in the following weeks. As a result this allowed us the unique opportunity to educate people about Arabs and Arab Americans.
All over the country people are asking for materials on Arab culture, history and religion. Listed below is a selection of resources and lesson plans we have put together on this subject. Feel free to print out and use these materials, just make sure to indicate ADC as the source.
- Introduction to the Arab American Community for Educators (DOC)
- Anti-Arab Discrimination: What teachers can do
- Incidents of Discrimination in Schools: Advice to parents on how to respond
- Lesson Plan on Stereotypes (PDF): Covering anti-Arab stereotypes & hate crimes
- Arab Stereotypes (PDF): A one-pager of common stereotypes
- Lesson Plan on Discrimination in the Workplace: For middle school students (PDF)
- Lesson Plan on Discrimination in the Workplace: For high school students (PDF)
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Questions & Answers on employing Arabs
- Arab Stereotypes and American Educators: The perceptions and the effects on children
- Bibliography: Resources on anti-Arab discrimination & media bias
- Facts About Arabs and the Arab World: Covering who they are, where they live etc.
- Facts About Islam: The basics and more
- Lesson plan on Islam (PowerPoint): A presentation on the history of the religion
- Arab Contributions to Civilization: A very interesting look at the benefits to society
- Lesson plan on the Life and Work of Kahlil Gibran: A look at the author of "The Prophet"
- Lesson plan on Arab Culture & Society: Famous Arabs & English words derived from Arabic
In addition, Arab Americans are also responding to the many flaws in textbooks and the occasional ethnic or religious insensitivity of teachers or students. ADC's program of "Reaching the Teachers" utilizes this grass-roots network of chapters, activists & members, including many parents of school-aged children, to reach out to teachers, schools and school systems. By learning How to Evaluate the Multicultural Programs in your Schools you will be able to determine how well your school system is doing.
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