On Saturday November 4th the education team of FDR Four Freedoms Park, in partnership with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, hosted high school juniors from the Intrepid Museum’s Youth Leadership Institute for a fun and informative day-long workshop. The Intrepid Museum’s YLI selects exceptional students from across the five boroughs to participate in their year long educational program, and we could not be happier that they wanted to return to our Park again this year.
The day began with an inquiry-based lesson on the First Amendment, the source material for two of FDR’s four freedoms. Using stories pulled directly from today’s headlines, including the controversial use of symbolic speech by NFL players during the national anthem, students enthusiastically engaged in a thoughtful and nuanced debate of vital contemporary importance.
Next, during their guided tour of the Park, students examined how Roosevelt, responding to the crises of the Great Depression and the outbreak of World War II, added Freedom From Want and Freedom From Fear to the First Amendment protections of Freedom of Speech and Religion, and pushed for their promotion not just at home but “everywhere in the world.”
Lastly, after examining political cartoons from the Roosevelt era, including many by famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, the Intrepid teens got to create their own political cartoons about issues that mattered to them personally. Scholastic Art and Writing Awards' Tom Motely, a published cartoonist, led an excellent how-to workshop full of expert tips on how our young visitors could best convey their ideas through this fun and challenging medium.
Many thanks to our friends at the Intrepid and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for a very successful, educational, and inspiring day! If you are interested in visiting FDR Four Freedoms Park for an educational workshop we would love to host you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!