There is no learning in feeling like you have to be silent.
What do we know about the cities we live in and how their histories – good and bad, paint a critical picture from where we’ve come, the influence that has on us, and the clues those stories provide in guiding our path forward?
We have to be okay with where we are now in our opinions and what we know about the world because this is where life has taken us so far.
I dream of our kids being able to be openly inquisitive in exploring these sensitive topics most of all, which includes teaching children strong communication skills. Ensuring our youth have the tools required to have these critical conversations without anyone feeling shamed, gamed, or that their opinions are wrong because our Other doesn’t agree with them.
Irshad, if we want students, parents, and leaders within society to understand the complexity of any issue, we have to be able to have honest and safe conversations without fear or judgement; plain and simple.
Be humble in addressing these sensitive topics, while keeping in mind the next generation of youth watching how we engage in this critical discourse.
I am eager to introduce you to Irshad and to share what she has taught me about engaging in conversations that often divide, in an effort to find a common path forward.