Students explore the link between name and identity in their own lives and those of their classmates.
This section focuses on France, where Islam—the religion of many North African immigrants and their French sons and daughters—has become the subject of many public discussions. In particular, we will examine the recent debate over headscarves in French state-run schools. This discussion, while involving particular dynamics and histories, echoes larger global conversations about religion, identity and integration and reveals varying understandings of what different social groups and societies need to do to integrate people of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
I Learn America is a film about five resilient children of immigration who are struggling to learn and become comfortable in their new country. How we fare in welcoming them will determine the nature of this country in the 21st century and beyond. The I Learn America Viewers' Guide, created by Facing History and Ourselves on behalf of the New York City Department of Education, is available here as a free PDF download.