The project The Other was designed by an English teacher, Jes Kruse, who believes that the level of student engagement and relevance in a curriculum has a significant impact on a student’s academic progress. English Language Learners from the Kurt Hahn School chose an individual in their community that is seen as “the other”. Students interviewed and captured the essence of their subject through feature writing and photography.
These students, who have all immigrated to New York from all around the world, spent the 2012-2013 school year reading, writing, listening, and speaking about how societies name and treats “others”. “The other” is defined as someone in our society that is often overlooked and therefore treated unfairly. This project took students out of the classroom as they explored human rights, cultures, and the power of art to make a difference. The guiding questions for this study were:
- How should society identify and treat the “other”?
- What can we learn about society and history from personal stories?