During my time within the Communications, Marketing, and Public Policy Magnet program, I participated in weekly ‘Harkness Table’ discussions, where students openly discuss current events and national policies with minimal teacher intervention. We had the richest conversations and the most nuanced view of issues when everyone brought their perspective. We covered topics from immigration laws to voting rights for minors to justice system reform. While it is always comforting to have people support your point of view, I remember clearly how impactful it was when a classmate disagreed with me and shared their personal story. Listening to a peer’s firsthand experience was humbling and taught me more than any online article. A genuine narrative gives so much context and insight. It takes bravery to be vulnerable and a peer’s words deserve to be honored with attention.
Based on these experiences, I can say confidently that all individuals have their own funds of knowledge. Vulnerability between people brings the most three dimensional narrative. I hope this is a gentle reminder of how important it is to not only listen to those around you, but welcome their perspectives and criticisms.
2 thoughts on “A note on the importance of listening to your peers.”
Well said! It’s very important to listen to people around you. Experience teaches much more than any article or book.
I think this is a much needed reminder, especially doing what we do here in the Writing Center. Having a kind of outside perspective from your own is very valuable.