June 8th, 2009

Media Monday: The Hobart Shakespeareans

Hobart Elementary is one of the country’s largest inner-city schools. According to the official site, “All of the children at Hobart Elementary School qualify for free breakfast and lunch, and few speak English as a first language. Many are from poor or troubled families.”

But Rafe Esquith wasn’t going to let any of that stand in the way of his student’s success. A fifth grade teacher at Hobart Elementary, Esquith takes his students on cross-country field trips, teaches them history first-hand and at the end of each semester, leads the class in a production of a Shakespeare play.

The Hobart Shakespeareans is an uplifting tale about the power of thinking creatively in teaching and what can happen when you empower young people to envision and help shape a world beyond what they know.

Visit the official Hobart Shakespeareans website

Watch the trailer and then visit the POV site for broadcast and purchase info.

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