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Four things to never discuss in a Saudi Arabia classroom

Saudi Arabia classroom don’ts. The idea of choice doesn’t really crossover in a lot of cultures. Not that there is no choice, but the idea itself: that one has a choice and it’s their right if they make that choice or not. This was very difficult for a lot of my students to understand. In their culture, it’s inherent not to question authority or norms. Things are the way they are and there is nothing to do about it. That is what they are taught. Some, after trust has been established, voice their distaste, but the majority do not dare. Because a lot of thinking leads to one feeling like they have control over their lives, and therefore have a choice in that life, which makes certain things discouraged in discussion in most countries I taught in. But more so in Saudi...