medicure Posted June 8, 2010 Report Share Posted June 8, 2010 Hi everyone, I am applying next year and I was just in the midst of listing all of my work/volunteer experiences in preparation for the ABS. I was wondering about peoples' opinions on the degree to which a potential candidate’s religion affects the selection process. The reason I ask is because I have acquired some teaching experience at a religiously affiliated elementary school in Hamilton. The school follows the Ontario curriculum but also includes Islamic teachings. Should I include this experience in my ABS? Would this generate potentially incendiary discussions in terms of the school’s belief system and how I had to integrate it in to some of my teaching methods. For example, Islam rejects the theory of evolution and firmly believes in the theory of creationism. Although I did educate the children on the theory of evolution (as part of the Ontario School Curriculum) , I also had to ensure that they understood how this theory is not consistent with the Islamic belief system. It is sad to say but if I taught at a Catholic school, I may not have such concerns given that it is the dominant religion in Canada. I know that we have come a long way in terms of racism, sexism, and discriminatory actions towards ethnic minorities. However, we still have a long way to go and such inequalities still persist despite what the laws or admission policies state. I would really love to include my teaching experience in my ABS as it allowed me to further strengthen my personal attributes. However, I will not include it if it means jeopardizing my chances of getting in. Any takes on this? What do you guys think? I'd like to thank you all in advance for your honest opinions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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