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‘Positive culture shock’ spells challenges and triumphs for Afghan teen students

The Hechinger Report

Afghan refugee Marzia Mohammadi, now a senior at Mt. Lebanon High School, found American education a positive culture shock after fleeing Taliban rule in 2021. Pittsburgh, where she resettled, was one of the cities recommended for Afghan refugees, causing a sudden influx of refugee families and a need for school systems to adapt. Challenges include language barriers, discrimination, and helping families resettle. Despite struggles, Mohammadi appreciates the opportunity to choose her classes and plans to enroll in an American university. However, she suggests schools could better support Afghan students by encouraging them to take advanced classes and apply to four-year universities.

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