Montreal: Bienville School principal grants religious accommodation request to Muslim parents who forbid their daughter to listen to music at kindergarten

Though music is an integral part of the kindergarten program, the principal of Bienville School decided to grant the accommodation request made by a Muslim family and allow their daughter to block out music at school.

Muslim kindergartener permitted to block out music
Bienville School in Saint-Michel.
Updated: Mon Dec. 19 2011 9:25:14 PM
ctvmontreal.ca

MONTREAL — A kindergarten student in Saint-Michel will be allowed to wear a noise-reducing headset in class, because her parents’ say their religious beliefs don’t allow the five-year-old girl to listen to music.

Though music is an integral part of the kindergarten program, the principal of Bienville School decided to grant the accommodation request made by a Muslim family and allow their daughter to block out music at school.“The principal thinks the family is acting in good faith,” said Diane de Courcy, president of the Montreal School Commission. “(They) would have otherwise kept the child at home.”

Kindergarten is not mandatory, and teachers say if the student is being sent into the program, barring the new immigrant from certain activities isolates her from the rest of the class.

“I find it sad for the child and the teacher, who may have to redesign her teaching program as a result,” said Elaine Bertrand of union the Montreal Teachers’ Alliance.

The school and school board felt the decision was a fair compromise to build trust with the family and help the child integrate into the school system sooner.

“Once she’s in grade one, she’ll have to follow the same curriculum as everyone else,” said de Courcy.

Many teachers argue the issue is not strictly about music or religion, but rather the pressure they feel to reasonably accommodate a variety of demands from health-related issues to religion.

Montreal Teachers’ Alliance is asking for stricter guidelines for requests.

Education Minister Line Beauchamp said she instead supports the school’s individualized approach.

“It would be impossible to develop a framework to address such a wide variety of reasonable accommodation requests,” she said.

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5 thoughts on “Montreal: Bienville School principal grants religious accommodation request to Muslim parents who forbid their daughter to listen to music at kindergarten”

  1. First of all, shame on the principal as she is simply helping these Muslim bigots to segregate their daughter from the rest of the children.
    Second, why did this family come to Canada?
    Also, what if this little girl will one day want to be like her Canadian friends?
    It will be another headline about another “honour killing”…
    This principal will have to live with the guilt for the rest of her life as she was one of those who had put a brick to the foundation of this.
    “Honour killings” are not somewhere across the ocean anymore… and such “accommodations” are sending the wrong message to these primitive Muslim parents (and those like them) who came to Canada but want to live like in the 7th century.
    The message is that the society sides with the parents against their children.
    This principal and our government simply tell such parents that they are right to do what they do.
    Nobody seems to care about the future of these poor children who grow up in such primitive environments.
    How will these children integrate in our society? How will they become genuine Canadians, not just passport holders?
    Education Minister Line Beauchamp doesn’t seem to realize the dangers of her statement. She simply gave green light to these abusive parents to segregate their daughter from the rest of the class.
    What will they ask for next?
    Shame on all those who side with such parents.

  2. This is a shame! I am muslim and I feel so bad about this. Where they get this from?! Some people are simply crazy, stupid and I don’t know what else I can say! Oh my God! For god sake, don’t believe this is Islam or even anything!!!! This is just stupidity!!!!!!

    Sorry! But I feel the principal is stupid too! All right, respect and diversity is something… But I think one thing is on top of everything: COMMON SENSE!

    1. Good one. But do you really think that they give a damn on our anthem? Individuals like these are here for other reasons than their love and respect for Canada.
      They came here to colonize. And they are doing a great job so far, with the diligent help of the white traitors.

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