Above: Part 1
Part 2 is below
Imagine this: it's another boring day at school. You've just finished maths class, and you despairingly check your timetable to see which class you have to drag yourself to next. At that point, your eyes light up, as you read the best word on Earth – skateboarding. You trade your textbook for a skateboard and head into class, which is a massive indoor skatepark inside the school. Today's lesson: kickflips.
It sounds like something from an actual dream, but for students at Malmo's Byrggeriet High School, it's real life. Skateboarding has been a fully-fledged, fully-graded subject at the school for over a decade now, making use of the gigantic indoor skatepark inside of the school's gymnasium. Skate filmer Chris Mulhern visited the school back in 2012 where he filmed this short documentary, and it's now available on his Vimeo page. You won't see a more interesting and more eye-opening video in a long time.
In May of 2012, I was fortunate enough to spend nearly 3 weeks documenting a group of teenagers as they went about their daily routine at Bryggeriets Gymnasium, a high school in Malmö. What makes Bryggeriet such a unique educational experience is that skateboarding actually plays a role in the school curriculum. Each morning the kids attend all the regular classes, such as Math, History and English. But come afternoon, they go to skate class. The skate lessons are usually held inside the park at Bryggeriet, and some days, the kids even go skate the streets of Malmö and nearby Copenhagen.
Often times, skateboarders are very motivated, driven individuals. Bryggeriet aims to take some of that motivation and direct it toward the more traditional courses in the educational system. The goal is to show students that they can actually use skateboarding to get the skills they need for life.
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