In education, this is especially true. Too many students are ignorant, as are their parents and families. But they're not entirely to blame, as traditional education models tend to leave out the tacit experiences of our students and focus on content delivery and retention. The valuable cultural attributes of our diverse students, which are extremely important to celebrate, seem to mean nothing in standardized learning. As educators, if we continue to focus on our curriculum delivery without incorporating the stories of our students, we risk having students feel that their stories aren't valued. We must do our part to embrace the stories of our students so they can avoid having others develop misconceptions of who they are. No one is a single story, and neither is any one culture or region.
This process of including my personal life in my personal learning collectives has made me feel more connected to my work. Knowing that I don't have to keep my personal and work lives in separate boxes, but instead have them as a homogeneous entity, has allowed me to think of more creative ways to teach. If my students can be encouraged to do the same, then "school" and learning will be completely redefined.
As Austin Kleon says, it's time to show our work. And as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says, showing our work in multiple platforms and perspectives avoids the danger of a single story being told.