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8th Grade History Homework

posted on September 24, 2014 by nicole No Comments

I am a Ted talk junkie.

Sometimes,  I’ll watch the same ones over and over again.  I even went to a TEDx conference last year and watched EVERY talk over the two days.

I love stories – especially those about people, their lives and more importantly, their view on the world.

So when my daughter came home with History homework – and it was to watch a TED talk – I tried my best to act terribly uninterested.  But after about 10 minutes I announced (to my daughters embarrassment,) “Can we just watch it right now?”

We sat together and watched the 18 minutes talk called “The Danger of a Single Story”, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

It was mesmerizing and sobering.

We chatted about the reason why her history teacher might have assigned this homework –  before they were ever taught a single, historical fact.

I thought it was a brilliant way to begin a class (of any subject actually). Such an amazing lesson for all of us to have an open mind and to ensure that we are always ‘peeking under the covers’ and questioning our own beliefs.






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