Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The True Meaning of Global Education

Kevin's Blog - 6.2.2015

Piedade has impressed with how they have integrated the concept of Global Education in to their pedagogy. Every grade level has incorporated lessons into their curriculum. As a means of displaying this knowledge, they have developed creative vehicles of publishing their research and understanding.

Jorge Amado and Mark Twain are on the right of picture.
Today we were treated to several plays that highlight both Brazilian and American literature. The first play, written by the their students, brought together the characters of Mark Twain's and Jorge Amado's novels. They highlight some of the similarities. Both of these legendary authors are institutions in their own right, but they share a style that brings to life the uniqueness and color of the people and places of Bahia and the early American West.

Tom Canty (the pauper) and  Edward Tutor (the prince)
They also performed an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper.  While all of this was done in preparation for our arrival, it was great for the students that were involved and the Piedade students that were in the audience. With the performance of The Prince and the Pauper, they accentuated the themes social class and justice that are important in both Brazil and the United States.

Clearly a herculean effort was undertaken to bring these performances together. American stories were read. Themes and concepts were discussed. Manuscripts were composed. Lines were rehearsed and memorized. Dances were choreographed and practiced. Costumes were designed and created. Dozens of students were organized. I was blown away.

UA students hanging with Jorge Amado.

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