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“the danger of not having your own stories”

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A tweet today from Carol Jago today reminded me of one of my favorite quotes.

It’s from the late Chinua Achebe who, in an interview where he spoke about “the danger of not having your own stories,” said:

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The importance of who is telling the story is a critical one in history, broader social change, and education.

I highlighted it earlier today in my post titled From The Archives: “English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories” and have also written about it in Students Remember More When They Tell Stories.

David B. Cohen and I led a workshop on the topic a few years back as it relates to education policy, and David wrote two posts on the idea: “The Danger of a Single Story” Part One and Part Two.

And, of course, in IB Theory of Knowledge, the idea of who is telling the story in in history an important part of the course.

Any additional ideas on how we can lift-up our students stories, make sure our stories as teachers are part of the policy debate, and highlight the stories of the “hunted lions” in history?

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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