A Post from Paris

So much wisdom in this post by Grant Wiggins:

Granted, and...

I happened to be in Paris the day of the terror attack, and it was a bit unnerving since I was at the American School. Our meeting abruptly ended as heightened security went into immediate effect, and I took the train back to Paris.

I seem to be bad luck: I was in DC during 9-11 (At NSF, no less), and I was in NYC during the first attack on the world trade center in the early 90s. So, I have had a lot of opportunity to ponder terror, our responses to it – and links to education generally (and UbD specifically).

“Ubd? Really, Grant? Isn’t that a bit of a stretch?”

No. Because we are talking about understanding and a lack of understanding – in this case, with very high stakes. It is crucial that we learn to understand – not like or respect, but understand! – why young…

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2 thoughts on “A Post from Paris

  1. Tara, this was the first thing I read this morning with my coffee. I cannot think of a better way to begin my day. These are indeed wise words. His words ring so true to me too. It is about communication, education, the creation of empathy for others. I remember when I was in college at OSU, during height of the cold war, I came across an art display in the campus ministry building. It was a hallway lined with large portrait photographs of faces…not studio shots, but real life-as-you-are pictures. They allowed you to see real wrinkles, lines of laughter and hardship, and to look right into the soul of each person, people of all ages and classes and ethnic backgrounds from the USSR. A wall of our “enemies”. But connecting with the humanity of each person in this intimate way, made the enemy designation seem so ridiculous. The words below each portrait read something to that effect, though time has erased the exact wording: Now that you have seen my face, how can we not be but fellow travelers….friends. Somehow, we have to find ways to connect, to educate, to recognize differences, but also respect each other’s humanity.

  2. Tara, thank you so very much for sharing this. This is an important post to think about as it really is UNDERSTANDING that makes a difference every day in all that we ALL do. I am so glad you shared….

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