Wearing a headscarf as a teacher is no longer considered a disqualifier, or ‘knock-out criterion’, in many federal states in Germany. Ever since the Federal Constitutional Court overturned the headscarf ban, vacancies in schools and for public administration staff are increasingly being filled by women who wear headscarves. Not in Berlin, however, where the so-called ‘Neutrality Law’ still applies. But for how much longer? So far, a unified stance has been elusive in the newly-elected Berlin Senate and thus the debate continues. This topic is, of course, well-suited for discussions with students. ufuq.de’s Julia Gerlach has compiled the most important facts, arguments and background information.
The lesson series “I, we and the others” was commissioned by the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (State Agency for Civic Education of Baden-Wuerttemberg) and jointly conceived. At center stage is a discussion concerning the various forms of expression when it comes to group-based misanthropy (Gruppenbezogene Menschenfeindlichkeit). The series is conducted by teamers who have been trained by ufuq.de; it combines substantive debate with exercises and techniques that are meant to get students to reflect on their own experiences, perspectives and expectations.