Human Rights Education and the Performing Arts

Andrea McEvoy Spero’s article in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice looks at The World As It Could Be in Oakland.

“Schools are cultural and political spheres and, therefore, are the location for cultural and societal norms, values, and language. When students take the stage and proclaim, in their own words, the harsh realities of their lives, it is a powerful political act. … Teaching human rights through performance poetry holds a potential path to a culture of human dignity. To achieve true transformative change, we must find ways to build critical consciousness and activism among youth so that they may create a new reality.”

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