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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    I'd agree that at one fell swoop, there has been a sea change in attitudes to Shakespeare. We can no longer expect modern youth to be exceedingly well read. Ultimately, there's no rhyme nor reason why Shakespeare should be taught forever and a day, and it's high time things changed. I say good riddance to Shakespeare.
    Yes. We absolutely can expect our youth to be well read. What exactly does it solve to lower the expectation of our youth? Given the resources available we should expect more of our youths today than past generations.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    Yes. We absolutely can expect our youth to be well read. What exactly does it solve to lower the expectation of our youth? Given the resources available we should expect more of our youths today than past generations.
    Forsooth, a late-arriving riposte! The milk of human kindness is flowing in me today so I suggest you read the remainder of the thread and revisit your point here, as you may wish to adopt a different angle.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-scot View Post
    Forsooth, a late-arriving riposte! The milk of human kindness is flowing in me today so I suggest you read the remainder of the thread and revisit your point here, as you may wish to adopt a different angle.
    No need to adopt a different angle. I like my point as it is.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    No need to adopt a different angle. I like my point as it is.
    The point was my posts were all in jest - while seemingly knocking Shakespeare, each of my sentences had a Shakespearean idiom. The others twigged after a while.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    135 Phrases coined by William Shakespeare
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    Yes. Even as some might find the writing challenging, it compels students to learn to understand what is written (a useful skill when dealing with cross-cultural management in today's global economy). Moreover, the depth and development of Shakespeare's characters and plots provides rich and important insight into human nature, human behavior, etc. In short, sometimes the most valuable lessons or most valuable assignments aren't the easiest ones or even superficially relevant ones.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    yes. without doubt.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    If the goal is to get young people to read, write and communicate with clarity, forcing Shakespeare on them may not be the best route.
    exposure to a work by shakespeare would not seem to be an issue
    a steady diet of shakespeare would. there are too many wonderfully written books that have appeared since his time to focus on the bard's work while ignoring others
    but then, while i loved to read, i hated english class
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Yes!

    He's a bit dry, but a necessary read imo, the guy's one of the greatest writers in the history of the western world, a timeless man. This is a western nation, his legacy is of paramount importance -- everyone in this country should read at least one of his works. This whining about the classics annoys me, though it's not like I didn't do my fair share of it when I had just started my high school years (not that long ago by any means).

    I hated Macbeth though.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Yes!

    He's a bit dry, but a necessary read imo, the guy's one of the greatest writers in the history of the western world, a timeless man. This is a western nation, his legacy is of paramount importance -- everyone in this country should read at least one of his works. This whining about the classics annoys me, though it's not like I didn't do my fair share of it when I had just started my high school years (not that long ago by any means).

    I hated Macbeth though.
    We gave up Macbeth at school because the teacher lost interest - it was totally her decision! I look back now and wonder how she got away with it.

    On the other hand, I loved Julius Caesar, especially seeing it live. Boy's action. Good for 15 year olds.

    Midsummer Night's Dream was weird at school and I am not sure I have got over it.

    Teachers should grade their teaching material cautiously and use techniques for teaching foreign languages to make appreciation of Shakespeare achievable at a reasonable level for children.

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