April 16, 2004
Headscarves non - bandannas okay

Yes, another foray into a foreign language here at Brian's Education Blog.

This probably won't cause nearly as much fuss as the original ban, but it may be a rather neat solution:

Paris-AP - France is set to ban Muslim headscarves from public schools this fall, but may allow students to wear bandannas instead.

The education minister tells French radio the bandannas "may not be conspicuous." In January, the former education minister said bandannas would fall under the ban.

Some Muslim girls wear bandannas to cover their hair – an alternative to the traditional head scarf. Some girls feel the bandannas make it easier to blend in to the crowd.

France's president signed the measure into law last month in an effort to maintain the tradition of secularism in the classroom. It bans what French officials call "conspicuous" religious symbols from public schools.

France's president signed the measure into law last month in an effort to maintain the tradition of secularism in the classroom. It bans what French officials call "conspicuous" religious symbols from public schools.

The ban has drawn outrage from Muslims in France and abroad. They say it mostly targets their religion.

I guess it all depends what you mean by conspicuous.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:18 PM
Category: Politics