In “The Hero With A Thousand Faces," Joseph Campbell describes the hero as the occupant of two realms simultaneously, "Where [s]/he thought to be alone, [s]/he shall be with all the world." Portraying granularity and the "world" view simultaneously is the primary task of those who leverage standards-based curriculum to deliver experience-based instruction. Because experience-based instruction in the 21st century requires a bundle of skillsets to achieve this simultaneity, it is incumbent upon educators to enact multiple performances: content specialist, data analyst, parliamentarian, public speaker, project manager.
A licensed educator in history and social science, Chris McDonald Jones has delivered experience-based instruction in US/VA history, US history & government, geography, and world history. Mr. Jones' career in public education highlights being the founding social studies teacher of a STEM secondary school, a partnership between Columbia University, the City of New York, and the Upper Manhattan community.
Mr. Jones' professional career also reflects the acquisition of skillsets essential to personalizing the “world" view for each student:
-Project management: Leveraging historic designation to capture grant funding,
-Parliamentarian: Authoring amendments to the bylaws of the local community board,
-Public speaking: Presenting on the evolution of statehood as reflected in the seal of the City of New York.
“As the urbanization of cities accelerates, it is incumbent upon social studies, specifically, and Education, in general, to engage millennials and Generation Zers in experience-based learning that empowers them to grapple with the heroic/historic themes of identity-formation, community-building, and navigation of the built environment.”