Burkas banned from school pick up

Filed under: Just For Moms, Mommy Musts, Religion & Spirituality

A woman in a burkaIt seems they're pretty serious about carpool chic over there in the Netherlands and Burkas simply don't cut it. Well, actually, it's not so much about fashion as it is security and being able to communicate. According to Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch education minister, "it is important for children to learn that proper communication requires being able to look the other person in the eye."

The ban on burkas will apply to all schools, including private, Muslim schools. Parents, teachers, and even people making deliveries will not be allowed to wear the dress which covers the woman's entire face, except for a narrow opening to see through. This will make it difficult for Muslim mothers to collect their children after schoo, I'm sure.

Personally, I don't really care what anyone else wears or why, but I do think it would make me feel better, were I a teacher, to be able to tell exactly who was picking up the kids in my class.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.