Maybe we should talk about politics and religion?
This conversation made me wonder if it is the same in the community of our school, which is very,very supportive and caring, but in terms of outlook, can seem kind of homogeneous. I have sometimes worried that people who hold different political or religious views might feel shy to share their stories here. Without being overly p.c., it does seem important to allow for a wide range of opinions among the families in a school community, just like it welcomes children of all different temperaments and backgrounds. And not just to allow for it, but to actively seek out all sorts of voices. I think I'm beginning to understand a democratic school in a more nuanced way because my friends shared their conversation with me. It seems to me that being truly open to dialog without judgement is the way everyone's voice can be heard. So, I wonder if, in order to build more honest and strong relationships in support of the culture of children, and despite my Grandmother's advice, maybe we should talk about politics and religion?