This piece explores “a 2009 TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie, a young Nigerian author, provides a powerful tool for the Facing History classroom. In the twenty minute video, Adichie describes the powerful impression the multitude of British stories made on her as a young girl growing up in Nigeria. She argues that inherent in the power of stories, is a danger—the danger of only knowing one story about a group. ‘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.’”
“My husband and I share a lot in common. We both grew up in Los Angeles, we’re also both experienced history teachers and seasoned high school coaches. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s white and I’m Mexican. Since there is nothing usual about this in the 21st century, in vastly diverse Los Angeles, I wasn’t quite ready eight years ago when my oldest came home from kindergarten with all sorts of questions and insecurities about identity. At age five, she had already been called upon to explain herself to peers who wanted to know, ‘What ARE you?’”
“Peter Parker’s transformation into Spiderman provides my favorite example of an expanding universe of obligation. Some of my students are so young that they haven’t seen the movie. It doesn’t matter, everyone likes a good story. “
“I hate to admit it, but I told a few lies to myself this weekend. Not an accidental lie to myself, such as when I proclaim, “I’m going for a run today,” but then somehow let the morning get away without lacing up my shoes. I don’t usually feel badly about those untruths (okay, maybe just a little) but this weekend’s falsities kept me up at night. What horrible lies had I told? “
“I loved using cartoons when I was teaching high school–political cartoons, children’s books, and especially the way Bugs Bunny, Sargent SNAFU, and others were used during World War II. (I used the video, Cartoons Go To War, but I’m sure there are other sources for these as well.) There is also a great collection of Dr. Seuss’ work during World War II. One person I was not familiar with, however, was the artist Arthur Szyk.”
I hope you enjoyed my picks for this year's "Best of the Blogs"! What are your favourite Facing History blogs this year? I'd love to hear which ones you would have chosen. Please comment below, should you choose to share!