In Arabic, Irshad means “guidance.” So go ahead — share your burning question, especially if it can lead to better conversations.
I’m a 10th grader who participated in your workshop, “How To Be Heard (Even By People Who Disagree With You).” You emphasized that we’re more likely to get a fair hearing from our Other if we leave them feeling respected than if we get in their face and demand to be listened to. But aren’t you tone policing? – Emily
You make “tone policing” sound like a bad thing! And I understand why. It’s unfair that people who come from marginalized communities often get dismissed because they’re “too emotional” — angry, aggressive, loud.
My 12-year-old recently heard about “dinner-debate nights” and really wants to hold them at home. Any tips? – Amy
Ahhh, the dinner-table debate. It’s an old idea that carries a brand new urgency: Done well, it can teach young people how to discuss polarizing issues without fearing disagreement and, at the same time, without scorning the “other side.” So you’re right to seek advice, Amy.