Stories define who we are and help shape both how we act and what we do. As teachers in Catholic schools, the education we provide has to be about the creation of life-giving narratives.
It is interesting that Daniel Pink cites ‘story’ as one of the six aptitudes for the conceptual age in A Whole New Mind.
Pink writes that ‘stories help sharpen our understanding of something by showing it in context to something else.’ Isn’t this what good learning does?
I believe our educational narrative needs to reflect human experience today not 100 years ago and we can only bridge that gap when we share our learning stories.
The education tribe has great wisdom and we must find ways of hearing and sharing those voices.
What astonishes me is that there is still great resistance to Web 2.0 as a ‘virtual campfire’ for sharing the learning stories. How do we get the tribes to see the potential and to ensure those stories continue to give life?