Our students are truly the greatest. They come from all over west Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and beyond to experience a school that allows them to work on their own terms in a consistent, friendly program with wonderful staff. They all achieve wonderful things once they come here.
Our students come from all walks of life, many of them struggling academically before they get to our school.
Some of them have even more struggles than that in their personal lives, but once they're here, they adopt out "growth mindset" motto and learn that failure is not a bad thing. In fact, they realize that failure can lead us to amazing things. Students make huge gains coming to our school and that is because of the content, teachers, and rich educational atmosphere offered to them.
The 10th grade English classes focus on tolerance and multicultural literature. Other books read during this grade level focus on the atrocities of the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, and a host of short literature, memoirs, and poems from writers of every background directly related to multiculturalism. The goal is to learn more about others so that we all come to a place of understanding and tolerance.
One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, arguably, was Othello, written about a non-white Moor who promotes another officer ahead of his white friend... and that's not to mention the Moor secretly taking a white wife, much to society's dismay.
The play is renowned for its interplay of negative (and occasionally positive) race relations and racism that still affect us today. It is the goal of this project to show our students that 500-year-old literature--at least the story within--is still as prescient today as it was back then.
Done right, and with the right materials, such as No Fear Shakespeare, this could serve to be a very important and formative unity in their 10th-grade learning.
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