I feel like we have talked a bit in Multicultural Ed about immigrant students in the classroom, but I don't think we have talked about refugee students. I think this is a very important distinction to make, given political, social, racial, and socioeconomic contexts. I think immigrating to another country as a child and having to take part in a totally foreign system of education is traumatizing enough; but having to leave politically/socially unstable countries and arriving to America, sometimes without parts of families or their friends is even more damaging and traumatizing. I do not think many schools cater to the needs of refugee students, not just in an English-learning context, but in mentally and emotionally supporting these students after going through potentially traumatizing experiences. I would like to explore what curricula/what schools are already doing and see what could be done to improve curricula and support mechanisms for refugee students.
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