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iversity has never been a hotter or more polarising subject. Some recent political events and the vote of no confidence against President Zuma – seem only to have thrust our differences further into the spotlight. Whether it’s different religions, politics, race or wealth levels, we live in a rich and diverse society, and never has there been a more apt time to talk about it with our children. At the very lowest end of the scale, can’t most of us recall a playground incident we’re not proud of? A friend once shared a shameful moment she reflects back on where a group of friends teased and excluded another girl who was obsessed with the solar system. Looking back she realised that the girl was probably on the autistic spectrum, but back then as young adults we had no understanding and little empathy. Children can be cruel and selfabsorbed, but empathy can be learnt. The diversity landscape is confusing enough for adults never mind children, so the key question is how do we ensure our children can think about the Publisher: Simon Garrity
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