My kids are so lucky.
They go to a school where about 90 per cent of the students are from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Having kids from so many different backgrounds makes everything more interesting. Show and tell. Dress-up days. Class presentations about family, home and holidays. My son and daughter have friends whose parents are from Iran, Lebanon, India, Afghanistan and more. They’ve learnt lots about different cultures without ever travelling overseas.
Having kids from so many different backgrounds means that little differences don’t matter so much. Before I sent my children to school, I worried that other kids might make fun of their unusual names or the odd things they ate for lunch. But with such a variety of names and such a variety of foods in lunchboxes, my children don’t stand out. Different is normal.
But the thing I like best about my son and daughter going to school with kids from so many different backgrounds is that they don’t even think about it. There’s no “us and them”. They’re all just kids.
I remember my daughter once pointing out a friend’s father, saying he looked like my brother. I couldn’t see the resemblance, because all I could see was the difference in skin colour, but she was talking about the glasses.