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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    I shouldn't have to lay it on with a trowel, but if you expect Shakespeare to interest your grandchildren, then more fool you. I'd send all those private schoolteachers packing. I can't understand why some people think Shakespeare is the be-all and end-all.
    This is your great loss.

    Some can't understand why people still listen to Bach either.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    I shouldn't have to lay it on with a trowel, but if you expect Shakespeare to interest your grandchildren, then more fool you. I'd send all those private schoolteachers packing. I can't understand why some people think Shakespeare is the be-all and end-all.
    Yeah, thanks for perfectly illustrating a would you like fries with that education. Btw, my grandchildren have read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and when they were little I used to read them the Canterbury Tales. They love it.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    I read Greek mythology as a little kid, and so did my kids. Enduring tales, and as I watch two young crape myrtles that I mistakenly planted too close to each other begin to grow together, I think of Baucis and Philomen.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    I shouldn't have to lay it on with a trowel, but if you expect Shakespeare to interest your grandchildren, then more fool you. I'd send all those private schoolteachers packing. I can't understand why some people think Shakespeare is the be-all and end-all.
    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
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    I think Anglo was being ironic.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yeah, thanks for perfectly illustrating a would you like fries with that education. Btw, my grandchildren have read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and when they were little I used to read them the Canterbury Tales. They love it.
    You realize every sentence in Anglo's post was Shakespearean.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Absolutely. They are timeless classics. The problem is that teachers can either inspire the stories to be told or have them reduced to mere grammatical excursions.

    Having the language barrier is difficult enough, but removing the human element from it does far greater damage.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    I shouldn't have to lay it on with a trowel, but if you expect Shakespeare to interest your grandchildren, then more fool you. I'd send all those private schoolteachers packing. I can't understand why some people think Shakespeare is the be-all and end-all.
    Well played, sir.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    case in point?
    Ironic post considering Shakespeare practically invented idioms.
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    Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    I largely agreed with the article, but I was slightly turned off by the author's early insistence that aides are denigrating to the play. Then I noticed it was declared fine when the page was split in half; with the original text and the rough modern translation side-by-side.

    I know it must be insulting to the acquainted that his work requires a great deal of translating with each passing generation, but there's no need for that sort of resistance.

    We have no qualms giving university students companion volumes or even graphic novel-inspired summaries of a theorist's concepts. And why should we? If something is difficult to comprehend, regardless of attempts to directly traverse the language barrier, go around it. At the end of the day, you want them to understand the concepts and what is going on. If they can't do that, it matters not that it sounds like silk.

    If you want to uphold the sanctity of the written and spoken word, do so with academics and university pupils. With children and adolescents, get them to respect the story.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    How do you propose to teach an English literature class without including Shakespeare at least in passing?
    I've had short shrift for Shakespeare for a long time now. You can have too much of a good thing.

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