Storytelling

One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow? ~ Matthew Fox

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One thought on “Storytelling

  1. The rub is, poets often have power trips of their own. (I’m a poet.) I’d love to see educators with a focus on love in action (kindness with a passion for opening minds and inviting students to take the exciting learning adventure.)

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