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The Hobart Shakespeareans

posted Jul 31, 2012, 3:21 PM by Teresa Butel

At our recent social event with the Kansas City International Visitor's Council, on July 24th, youth from different religions and COUNTRIES gathered together to have a discussion about education. We came together with over 20 youth from all over Central Europe for a fun filled night of ice-breakers, pizza, and a movie! The movie, rather the documentary, was the Hobart Shakespeareans and it challenged everyone present to reflect on how best to engage today's youth- how to make students into LEADERS even at an early age. This documentary focuses on a unique teacher, Rafe Esquith who demands the best from his students living in the urban core of Los Angeles. He combines mathematics, geography, and literature to make his class fun but also rigorous. He demands all of his students read Shakespear and at the end of each school year his class culminates in a student performance of a Shakespearean play. By asking the most of each of his students and going above and beyond himself, he works to change these kids' lives forever.

With our high recommendations, check out this wonderful documentary Hobart Shakespeareans and consider how such collaboration (be it through a play or interfaith service) can empower youth to be leaders for today!
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