Both Unlimited Potential and Learning About Learning used theatrical practices in their curriculum. Teachers emphasized dynamic exercises like movement and songs over more static activities like reading and writing in the classroom to evoke creativity among students. Aspects of theatrical performance permeated the entire teaching process, as it made learning more engaging for both students and teachers, and classwork designed to excite creative minds bridged the wide gap between teachers and students that traditional education promoted.
Behind the scenes, educators studied theatrical tactics like the benefits of spatial awareness for the mind-body connection to create their curriculum, as Unlimited Potential embraced the principle notion that imagination was inherent to children’s minds. Unlimited Potential designed classwork to keep this imagination alive, especially for the students from marginalized communities who had to grow up faster than their wealthier, typically whiter, peers. Because Unlimited Potential and Learning About Learning primarily served to reform education in underserved communities, most of their students were lower class Black and Hispanic children. The poems and songs featured in workbooks and shared in classrooms did not shy away from the prejudice that children would face in their adult lives, if they had not already experienced it. There was no shying away from the reality of racial and ethnic bigotry, though the program sought to keep children’s innocence intact through the vehicles of education. As such, the program exposed kids to these hard truths through songs about unfair expectations, allowing students to express their emotions while still promoting creativity above all else.
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