Jenn Gilgan guided her students to explore their connections to countries around the world through their family heritage or the clothes in their closet. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Creating Stories of Global Connections
WORLD French mayors have banned full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” from beaches, citing public order concerns. (Washington Post) Read through our study guide on hijab to better understand this misunderstood concept, and ideas about how to discuss it in class. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Some French mayors have banned “burkinis” (sometimes spelled “burqinis”) … Continue reading What Are Burkinis? Why Are They Banned?
WORLD A 5,000-year-old Egyptian garment provides a glimpse into the fashions of yester-yester-yesteryear. (Nat Geo News) Take a look to see how another Egyptian—Tutankhamun—used linen clothing. Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources—including today’s MapMaker Interactive map and a 5,000-year-old sewing pattern. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article reports on the remarkable age of the Tarkhan dress. Why does the garment … Continue reading See the World’s Oldest Dress
BUSINESS The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hearing arguments in a lawsuit against the giant clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The suit claims religious discrimination in not hiring a job applicant wearing hijab. (International Business Times) Learn more about varying interpretations of hijab and how secular governments have responded. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Abercrombie & Islam
UNITED STATES The Pentagon took steps to give individual troops greater latitude to wear religious clothing with their uniforms, but some Sikh groups say the new policy falls short. (Reuters) Use our resources to better understand Sikh articles of faith, including turbans and uncut hair. Discussion Ideas Read through our “media spotlight” on Sikh dastaars, or turbans. Discuss the “Three Rs of religious liberty” and … Continue reading New Pentagon Dress Code Stirs Debate