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 departure of young people to fight in Syria and Iraq has become a topic at many schools. Salafist indoctrination becomes a problem even before young people begin to call for violence. Social pressure, rigid worldviews and enemy images negatively impact the classroom climate and challenge instructors. ‘A critical approach in prevention work consists in recognizing your pupils’ faith in Islam and reinforcing them in their German-Muslim identity; this helps insulate them against the victim ideology propagated by Salafists’, according to Götz Nordbruch.