The Danger of a Single Narrative: A Lens for Authentic Connections
How does stepping outside of single narratives educate and elevate us individually and our school eco-systems?
As human beings, we are meaning-making organisms. To survive, to be successful, and to thrive we continually make meaning of the world around us so we may know how to negotiate our way. What we observe, together with the stories we are told and shown over and over, help us solidify that meaning.
However, what happens when a single narrative about a culture or a community and its rituals, practices, behavior, and circumstances come to be accepted as truth? What happens when this is applied as truth about a people – their capabilities, potential or limitations?
We begin with looking at ourselves, because understanding what single narratives, assumptions and biases we hold is the foundational work we get to do in service of building more equitable partnerships with communities that are not our own.
Through this session, we will achieve:
Clarity of terms and concepts;
Recognition of how assumptions and biases block authentic interactions;
Self-awareness as we integrate ideas and strategies to step outside of single narratives.