Schooling experiences of Arab immigrant students in Canadian high schools
KeywordsArab immigrant students
Arab refugee students
high school students
inclusive education integration
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AbstractThis article sheds light on the schooling experiences of Arab immigrant and refugee high school students in the context of Canada’s cultural diversity. Canada’s diversity was described by Justin Trudeau upon his election as the nation’s Prime Minister: “We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing bestowed upon us by previous generations of Canadians, Canadians who stared down prejudice and fought discrimination in all its forms”(Justin Trudeau: For the Record, 2015, para. 28). Trudeau’s further claim that Canada’s “enviable, inclusive society didn’t happen by accident and won’t continue without effort” (para. 28) certainly pertains to the country’s educational system, most notably with the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees since 2015. Towards this end, the article reviews and adds to the literature that seeks to bridge cultural/educational values between school communities and new immigrants from the Arab world.