Watch your mouth, son.

“…Tone policing prioritizes the comfort of the privileged person in the situation over the oppression of the disadvantaged person. This is something that can happen in a conversation, but can also apply to critiques of entire civil rights organizations and movements.” So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo  Tone policing, micro-aggressions & invalidatingContinue reading “Watch your mouth, son.”

My open letter to educators

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy The Middle East, selective outrage, double standards, invalidating behaviours and anti-racism; a reflection. I feel as though with the current situation in the Middle East we are having another watershed moment. A moment that isContinue reading “My open letter to educators”

Not even water?

Supporting Muslim staff and students during Ramadan. As-Salamu Alaykum Ramadan begins sometime in mid-April. Yet, as discussions continue about the exact date and which calendar we follow, little to no literature exists on how we can support Muslim teachers and students in schools. The global pandemic has seen seismic shifts in our social interactions andContinue reading “Not even water?”

Challenging broken systems

Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand. Frantz Fanon Racial Gaslighting, micro-aggressions, invalidating behaviours and anti-racism. A good friend asked me to join her anti-racism session this week. After speaking to an incredibly intelligent, curious and enthusiastic group of trainee teachers, my personal reflections tookContinue reading “Challenging broken systems”

My open letter to the public

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Ernest Hemingway This past Monday started like no other. I was sat at my PC, ready to plan for lessons and get ready for another week of remote teaching. Within minutes of Tweeting about Piers Morgan jumping ship during the pandemic and adding to the already extraordinary listContinue reading “My open letter to the public”

Follow the Leader

Write hard and clear about what hurts – Ernest Hemingway Mass testing, mass restrictions or mass contradictions – Who do we follow? Just like so many people, my Christmas plans were ruined with the new Tier system. But perspective is everything and yesterday another 744 deaths were announced. This is rather frighteningly with the 28-dayContinue reading “Follow the Leader”

Christmas Mubarak

Christmas, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion. Practical ways we can make Christmas inclusive for Muslim teachers. I love Christmas time. Even as a Muslim, I am always in awe of the sense of community, the festivities and the togetherness. However, before anyone hands me a glass of mulled wine, which I have Googled countless timesContinue reading “Christmas Mubarak”

Bullying: A Priti Disguise

“You will never bask in the light of your own glory if you continue to throw shade at others” – 14/11/20 The Priti Patel bullying affair and Anti-Bullying Week Last week was Anti-Bullying Week and despite having the urge to write, I refrained from the topic. A mixture of personal anxiety and fear really escalatedContinue reading “Bullying: A Priti Disguise”

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