Two Parables

While I was combing a few radio programs’ podcasts for audio that I could use in BHS’ School Innovation Seminar class, I came across a clip from the NPR program, State of the Re:Union. While I initially began listening to hear a segment on the city’s schools, it wasn’t an education-related piece that jumped out. Instead, it was an 8-minute piece on the city’s fruit trees.

The piece focuses on the city of Tucson, Arizona. On one level, it’s a story about community, place, connection, and resilience. It may even offer some lessons about our own community’s growing diversity…

But I also wonder if it might also be a parable.

  • What untapped resources are left un-harvested here in Burlington and Winooski?
  • What would it look like if we mobilized to harvest our own bounty?
  • Where would that abundance be found?


A second parable feels similarly relevant, even if it comes from the other side of the world. In Meghalaya, India, there is a cultural practice that must be seen to be believed…  To watch a clip from the Human Planet series, click here.

Similar to the story of fruit trees in Tuscon, I found myself thinking of this as a metaphor.

  • How might this be a metaphor for learning?
  • What wisdom does this example hold about living well, about what it means to know a place, or about what stewardship looks like?
  • What other lessons can be drawn from Meghalaya?

– Dov

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