CHANGEd 60-60-60: STORIES

Thinking about CHANGEd: What if we really engaged storytelling? 60-60-60 #3 and reflecting…

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story. ~Chimamanda Adichie (from her 2009 TED Talk

KONY2012 is the fastest spreading internet video in history. The video itself tells the story of war criminal Joseph Kony and the brutality of the war that Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army is waging, specifically on innocent children. The story of how this video has spread and reached (at the time of this post) almost 71 million views is interesting as well.

There is no single story. And the complexity of this campaign is an excellent example of why we should be engaging storytelling in schools. John Burk takes the Stop Kony campaign and writes about how it’s the perfect opportunity for project-based learning, digital literacy, and interdisciplinary studies. I wonder how many teachers will shift their plans for next week and examine this story? And examine it in such a way that uncovers that there is no single story?

Instead of Language Arts class and English class and Writer’s Workshop class, what if we had a class called Stories? Our students have their own stories to tell. Educators do too.

What if we used storytelling in schools to honor the multiple stories inside us and celebrate those stories in others?

What might we hear? Who might we help? How might we heal?

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