Thomas Moore on Diversity – Ideas on how celebration of difference can
‘enliven your classroom’
A 3-year old at a childcare center once asked me if she could feel my hair. I sat down and helped her stretch her hand toward my head.
“This feels funny,” she giggled. “Your hair feels funny.”
I was temped to start a lecture about differences. But I stopped myself and tried to respond in a way that she would understand.
I patted her head. “Your hair feels funny,” I said.
“My hair’s not funny!” she told me.
“My hair’s not funny!” I replied.
“Silly man,” she said, and with a laugh, began to play with a toy. That was all the discussion she needed to learn that all hair is good hair.
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