Week 3 Assignment: Cultural Identifiers

Week 3 Assignment: Cultural Identifiers

Week 3 Assignment: Cultural Identifiers 150 150 Peter

Week 3 Assignment: Cultural Identifiers

When controversies arise in schools, educators often research and access resources to support analysis, reflection, and problem-solving of these issues that affect the field of education, their students, and various other stakeholders involved.

Using your assignment from Topic 2 and the three scholarly resources you selected, transform your ideas into a complete 1,000-1,250 word rough draft. Your research should focus on a controversial topic involving a cultural identifier and the implications for K-12 public education. The final version will be submitted in Topic 7.

Address the following in your research rough draft:

  • Describe the cultural identifier and why you chose it. Explain your connection to your choice of cultural identifiers.
  • Summarize the key historical events that have significantly affected your specific cultural identifier.
  • Summarize the topic in context of K-12 education, including the related cultural identifier and any associated controversies.
  • Identify current opinions for the controversial argument, including at least one supporting and one opposing.
  • Describe how this controversial issue could affect your future teaching practices and how it could affect your future students.
  • Summarize related policies or methods that have been implemented in schools as a solution to the controversial issue.

Once you have compiled your Social Injustice and Cultural Identifiers Research Rough Draft, submit it to this assignment dropbox for your instructor to review, and complete the following:

  1. Post the rough draft to the Social Injustice and Cultural Identifiers Research Rough Draft Peer Review Forum on Day 1 of Topic 5.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Peer Review Forum in order to complete a peer review.

Support your research  with at least 3-5 scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite Technical Support Articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.


Sample Paper

Cultural Identifiers

Part 1:

The cultural identifier that I chose is prayer in school. This remains a very controversial topic. Although, in 1962, organized public school prayer was stated unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, students were still able to pray as long as it was privately, voluntarily and didn’t force other students to have a part in (Ordonez, 2020). In 2020, the former president, Donald Trump defended prayers in school. As a Muslim who prays five times a day, prayer in school is a sentimental topic for me. I chose this controversial topic because two years ago when I was an English Language Learners paraprofessional an event occurred where a group of Muslim Somalian students were discriminated against and shamed for practicing their First Amendment religious rights not only by students but also by staff members.

When the students came to me to see if they could pray in school, I acted upon it and was given permission by the principal to oversee it, however at the end, I was blamed and criticized for encouraging students to pray. I am an advocate of students who want to pray and practice their faith because lots of good comes from individuals who pray. It sets a standard of personal conduct, boosts morality, students get to learn about social justice due to the exposure and promote tolerance and understanding. Due to the students cleansing to get ready for prayer, the bathroom floor would become wet and the custodians wanted school prayer banned and it did after I left that school due to a matter regarding my own kids. This was unconstitutional as every child has the right to practice their faith as long as it doesn’t interfere with their learning. In my opinion, schools should allow students to pray and share their faith. Along with it should be equitable rules for each type of prayer. For example, the Muslim religion requires students to cleanse. This process takes a little time, and it might get the restroom floor wet since they don’t have a choice but to use the bathroom sink to wash their face, hands and feet. A place should be designated for those students. One reason, why I might oppose to prayer in school is other students wanting to perform prayer because they see others doing. They might see it as a free get out of class time and take advantage of the situation.

The idea of praying in school is much easier in the upper grades than it is in Elementary school. Elementary school students need supervision while the upper grade levels can manage to handle themselves and be more responsible. I have never personally prayed in school myself because I feel it is hard to complete all of the cleansing steps to prepare myself for prayer. I have also been embarrassed and afraid of what others would label me as, if they saw me pray because there isn’t a place where I can be just me and God. However, I would never stop a student from engaging in their faith and prayer. I just have to have a smart approach and learn as much as I can about the different religious beliefs that the students in my classroom hold. I would allow students to pray at times that wouldn’t affect their learning, for example, recess is a great time for students to pray or if they get done with their lunch earlier than their time, they could go perform their prayer. This is a constitutional right each student has and shouldn’t be stopped.

Part 2:

ADL. (n.d.). Prayer in public schools. Retrieved February 22, 2021, from https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/religion-in-publicschools/prayer

This article Prayer in Public Schools consists of some of the common questions that individuals might have regarding the topic and talks about many specific issues related to the topic. It thoroughly describes what kinds of prayer is constitutional and unconstitutional. It also describes scenarios and situations of when prayer is acceptable and not acceptable.

Ravitch, F. S. (2020, November 20). History shows why school prayer is so divisive. Retrieved March 09, 2021, from https://theconversation.com/history-shows-whyschool-prayer-is-so-divisive-94085

This article explains the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the history of prayer in school and how Kentucky Senate is considering a day of prayer.

Legal Information Institute. (n.d.). First amendment. Retrieved March 09, 2021, from https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

This a small, research and editorial group whose mission is to create materials to help others understand the law housed at the Cornell Law School. It explains in detail what the First Amendment is and guarantees along with cases in history.

Ordoñez, F. (2020, January 16). Trump defends School Prayer. critics say he’s got it all wrong. Retrieved February 22, 2021, from

Every Student has a right to pray without being discriminated against for practicing their First Amendment religious rights. During National Religious Freedom Day former President Donald Trump gathered some students and teachers of different religious groups and warned school administrators of the consequence of violating students’ rights to practice their religion at school.

Regoli, N. (2020, January 02). 19 big pros and cons of prayer in schools. Retrieved February 22, 2021, from https://connectusfund.org/19-big-pros-and-cons-of-prayerin-schools

Students have the right to pray in school and the Supreme Court of the United States never outlawed the ability. This article is relevant to my topic regarding prayers in school because it consists of a list containing the pros and the cons of prayer in schools describing each in detail.