Let’s talk about Hogwarts. I recognise I am a decade and a half late with these ideas, but I have been blindsided by a searing thought, followed by others (a searies, perhaps). Among this searies there are saris. Sarious Black? No, sarious pink and orange. Padma and Parvati Patil appear to me – after […]Read more "Hogwarts Diversity Outreach Suggestion"
Do you remember seeing this building in the Newham documentary last week? I am still quietly seething about the style, content and motivations behind ‘The Last White of the East End’ documentary last week, which is available on iPlayer here. For me personally, what rankled most was the factual inaccuracies about Newham schools and the fact […]Read more "#LastWhites? The Real East London"
Here are some thoughts. Integration requires mutual understanding and compromise of all those involved if it is to be even remotely equitable. When ‘they don’t want to integrate’ is invoked, question the extent to which one group is expecting others to change, whilst not expressing any desire or willingness to change themselves. This is immersion […]Read more "Integration, Diversity, Community"
This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Dr Nasima Hassan (@Nasimatheroad) from the University of East London. With a Muslim male PFA Player of the Year and a Muslim male Mayor of London hitting the headlines in recent weeks, writing about Muslim male primary school teachers as postmodern change-makers might look like […]Read more "Muslim, Male and Primary School Teacher: The Postmodern Change Maker"
I started secondary school in September 2001, meaning the World Trade Centre was destroyed by those pledging allegiance to Al-Qaeda just two weeks into Year 7. I remember coming home with my friend and sitting in the living room with my parents and grandparents, watching it, unable to process the surreal images on the screen. […]Read more "On Speaking Their Minds"
In my home town, the Wetherspoons has a larger Sunday morning congregation than the church. Being an atheist there is about as notable and controversial as having a head. In secondary school, the small minority of pupils who did practice a faith (and these were the same small minority who were not white, generally) were […]Read more "Teacher With No Religion"