Feel free to have a laugh (but only in the spirit of inclusivity)

Teachers are capable of monitoring their own language and behaviour without having to tread on eggshells for fear of offending, says Mike Fairclough

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When I first joined my wife’s large Indian family, I went in with an open mind, eager to learn more about her cultural heritage. I was ready to have my misconceptions challenged and my horizons broadened.

What I was not expecting, as we travelled to London so that I could meet them for the first time, was to discover that they delighted in doing pastiches of “typical” British Indians, much in the style of the old BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me complete with thick accents and nods to all the racial stereotypes associated with their background.

If a stranger overheard, it could easily be ...

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