The topic of divorce in ethnic communities is one which is often swept under the rug. It’s never discussed, and it’s very rarely practiced. Unfortunately, this isn’t because we have communities full of happy families and healthy households, that isn’t the case at all. It’s because of the strong stigma that we attach to the word divorce itself. Something that needs to change.
For centuries the act of divorce has been such a taboo in ethnic families. It’s finally something which is becoming (ever-so-slightly) more common – but even now, the stigma surrounding divorce is ridiculous. It’s unfortunate in our society that many people feel more comfortable living in abusive relationships, than they do seeking help or removing themselves from toxic relationships out of fear of being ostracized or criticized by the people around them.
If the history of Australia had been condensed into 24 hours, non-Aboriginal people would have only been here for five minutes. I read about this newfound information on Thursday, and found it to be very fascinating. When I turned to the comments however, I was shocked to see hundreds of racist comments. This week’s post is a response to the perceptions that many people surprisingly hold.
A link to the original article I read, whose comments led me to writing this post, can be found at the bottom of my post.
Travelling is so refreshing, and it teaches us so much. When we travel, we never come back as the same person that we were when we left. Instead, we come back more informed, more cultured, and usually more rested (emotionally and mentally albeit not always physically) versions of ourselves.
I’ve compiled a list of 8 reasons why I think travelling is so refreshing and soothing. Here it is!
I took Indigenous Studies as an elective when I was in university and it was the best decision I could have made. Since I work in a school with a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the knowledge that I gained from partaking in Indigenous Studies at university has been really handy. While I understand that not every teacher will work with Indigenous students in their career, I still think it’s essential that Indigenous Studies be compulsory for all teachers during their training.
I was covering an English class for an absent teacher one day and had a student ask me what the difference was between an Aboriginal person and an Indigenous person. I was more than happy to answer the student’s question. There was a second teacher in the classroom that day, who was taken aback with my answer. He’d had no idea that there was a difference between the two and was surprised that I was able to provide an answer. Honestly speaking, he’s not the only one at all. Most people don’t seem to know that there is a difference and it’s quite sad how limited our knowledge is on the subject. We’re living on Aboriginal land after all, but we haven’t even educated ourselves about their very basic facts.
You’ll often find people discussing the outfits and makeup present in the shows that they watch. “Kal wala episode dekha? Uska suit kitna acha lagraha tha na?” (“Did you see yesterday’s episode? How great was her outfit?”)
Okay, I know, checking out the latest outfits and trends are all part of the fun of watching serials, I’m guilty of it too, but what you’ll rarely find people discussing are the highly relevant social issues that are addressed through the plots. If you’re familiar with Pakistani serials you would have heard of (or have obsessively watched) Mann Mayal, a Pakistani serial which just came to an end after 33 episodes. While this infamous Pakistani drama had some remarkable faults, if there was one thing it managed to do, it was bring to light some important issues.
The world is filled with many sad myths and misconceptions about what a teacher’s job entails. Since everyone has been a student, they think they know exactly what a teacher’s job entails, but alas, there’s a lot more to it than what you see as a student.
So without further ado, here are some common misconceptions and the realities behind the job of a teacher!