The problem and promise of story
This paper reflects upon taking up stories with high school students that are full of graphic images of war, genocide and ethnic cleansing. Young people today are bombarded with images of human suffering via the media; when teachers take up traumatic stories, they add to an already overwhelming tide. Narrative and critical analysis are woven together to explore students’ responses to such stories in Canadian schools in which productivity and performance are often used as indicators of student success. Instead, opportunities and possibilities to teach pedagogies of peace and possibility are imagined.