Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A short conversation which makes it abundantly clear why we need to spend time with different people

The kid: Not many Muslim teachers, in fact only one at this school.

Me: When you and your cousins and your friends grow up, some of you can become teachers and then there will be more Muslim teachers in the schools.

The kid: Yes! And then one day they will all be Muslim teachers inshallah.

Me: Well, that rules me out.

The kid (long pause as he cocks his head to one side and looks at me, then): Maybe we could work together.


  1. From the mouths of babes, eh?
    Maybe we should create a world parliament of children such as these. Seems like they have more common sense than what we currently have in power!

  2. I wish. I found it fascinating how he moved so quickly from mimicking his elders to working out a new and more inclusive position. Fingers crossed the new stance takes root!

  3. Oh Alison, this post is just getting more desperately relevant by the day....


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