The Danger of a Single Story

I love to travel and learn the history and culture of others. As an educator my travel experiences has provided my students with first hand knowledge of cultures outside of their own. Every time I prepare to leave the country, a colleague of mine has to remind me of the dangers of kidnapping. I then have to listen to a story of abduction, that she has shared with me countless times. Her “Single Story” of kidnapping, and abduction has shaped her view point of foreign travel.  I must admit that I myself have been guilty of the “Single Story” perception. As a child my perception of Africa was that it was a place where everyone walked around naked. I thought the children were all malnourished with protruding torsos. As I got older,of course I realized that this was not the case. This is the danger of the “Single Story” stereotype. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her powerful TED talk, discusses her own experiences with a “Single Story”! She talks about the dangers, and the impact it has on shaping the minds of children. 

Click link to view her TED talk presentation:


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