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    Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

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    Do students really need Shakespeare in 2015?: Red/Blue America | PennLive.com

    The controversial Common Core state standards want students to read William Shakespeare's works, but some teachers don't like the idea.

    Dana Dusbiber, a teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., wrote in the Washington Post this week that she dislikes teaching Shakespeare, and not only because of his challenging English. "There is a WORLD of really exciting literature out there that better speaks to the needs of my very ethnically diverse and wonderfully curious modern-day students," she argued.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    This is why we can't have nice things...
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Could also explain why Luther Burbank has always had the rep of the worst high school in Sacto.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Of course. It is part of the heritage of Western Civilization. They should not only read Shakespeare, they should watch first-rank productions of his plays on video, like Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V, Polanski's MacBeth and Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet.

    The language may be dated but there is timeless wisdom about the human condition in his plays.

    Even some of the modernized versions, like the DeCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet, have virtue as a decendent of that legacy.


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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    We did all that when I was in High School.


    I remember we were reading Hamlet in class; I was reading the part of Polonius. Everyone was reading kind of deadpan, which is boring. All the sudden it hit me just how pompous and convoluted Polonius' speech was and I cracked up and started laughing my head off.

    Everybody looked at me as if I must be on drugs.

    But then later, we were watching Hamlet on video, and some people did chuckle a bit at how Polonius was always going on and on like a broken record.


    Actually one of my fonder memories of HS English, and the beginning of my lifelong appreciation for The Bard.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?
    Shakespeare's been dead for hundreds of years. I don't think there's anything more for him to learn in any mortal school.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

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    Let's dig him up, zombify him,and send him to school.


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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Let's dig him up, zombify him,and send him to school.

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