This month, the students were asked to write a This I Believe statement - articulating their core beliefs in 350-500 words. We will be sharing them in small groups. While I've used this activity before in non-credit professional development programs, as I wrote my contribution, I was reminded of the power of this exercise. A number of years ago, National Public Radio (NPR) drew people's attention to the activity first started in the 1950s by the broadcast journalist Edward Murrow who wanted to share America's core beliefs during the time of paranoia about Communism. In the first decade of this century, NPR started to invite people to contribute and asked some to read on radio. At this point, over 125,000 are gathered on the This I Believe site and regular podcasts of authors' readings are available.
To inspire you to both engage and listen, I've read my own new This I Believe statement here: