The Oral History Club is a powerful example of the importance of intergenerational dialogue between our youth and the elders. It is the knowing of what has been that informs the limitless possibility of what can be.
Do you see a problem here? Is something missing from the lesson taught? I think there is. And it is a common problem in the social studies -- in history, sociology, anthropology, even education. The issue, as is so often the case, is power.
The 1947 Partition Archive gathers crowd-sourced oral history recordings through an online platform. The younger generation is being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders.
This is not the fireside chat in the comfort of the interviewee's home. We are joined in the studio by a host of graphic and natural language scientists, multiple interviewers and producers frantically scribbling notes.
Teachers and students who take part get to know each other more deeply and strengthen their relationships, a key factor in academic success. Through a recording Aaron made for the class, his teacher Celeste Davis-Carr learned that he was homeless.
Perhaps a tougher question than it sounds? Cliché talking points about 'finding my passion' make me cringe. Self promotion can't be all there is. And then there is the fact that I need the money now. So what's the real answer?
Evenings of story-telling could be done in any town. Mine has a population of only 20,000. This kind of event does not require an enormous metropolis. Classical Athens was tiny by modern standards. What it had were traditions, an audience, occasions.
Mental illness can lead to homelessness, but the stress of losing one's home, sleeping on a park bench, and surviving from nickel to nickel could just as easily exacerbate a predisposition to mental illness.