Monday, November 15, 2010

'Hundred Dresses' gets its anti-bullying message across to kids

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL) November 10, 2010

"Isaiah Ward stood quietly, thinking, in the aisle of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. His classmates filed past him toward the school bus that would take them back to Hope Institute and Learning Academy, on Chicago's West Side.
After a moment, he answered a question about 'The Hundred Dresses,' a musical he and his classmates had just seen about a young girl who is teased and bullied and another young girl who knows it is wrong but does nothing.
'That shouldn't happen,' said Isaiah, 9. 'Those kids shouldn't have been mean. Maddie should have been nice. She should have said, 'Stop.''
Clearly, the fourth-grader understood the central message of the play. But he also understands reality." Read More

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