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Writers Against Racism: The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Adichie

My friend, arvind, whom I have tremendous respect and admiration for, sent me this TED video and wrote,

Amy, I just came across this TED video (via Twitter) about how we have to listen to multiple stories on the same people or we build biased views. It’s a simple concept, but it’s elegantly explained by Chimamanda Adichie. It’s free professional development, whose 20-minutes will cut through and impact a lifetime of "one way" thinking.    

Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    WOW – thank you for sharing that, it really made me think about the books I read to my students at story time and that I need to start to think about ways to tell more diverse stories from different cultures and countries to my students.

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    Kathy, that’s what I took away from this video as well. I also think teachers have to reexamine their curricula, so to infuse a diverse array of topics & issues.

  3. B Herrera says:

    This is why I was so happy to teach Dark Hours last year, a novel written in German originally which tells the story of a young girl caught in an allied bombing raid. It illustrated that there were innocent victims on both sides and that not all Germans deserved to die. Out kids hear so much about how bad Hitler was that they tend to forget that Germans could be ordinary citizens and families, and that war is terrible to all civilians caught in the middle.