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Graffiti in schools: how one principal embraced street art

On the verge of closing after dismal results, one US school revived pupils’ enthusiasm for learning using graffiti

How one school used graffiti to fire up pupils' imaginations

Historically, graffiti has been viewed as a scourge by school leaders. If any appears on their grounds, it is usually treated as an offence and scrubbed out or painted over, lest it inspire others to ape their peers and pick up a spray can. And those graffiti artists caught daubing their tags on walls are often severely punished in order to discourage them from doing so again.

But could schools have called it wrong? Rather than a sign of ill-discipline and rebellion, is graffiti actually a positive force for change?

That’s what April Thompson-Williams, principal of Jose De Diego Middle ...

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