365 Days of Shakespeare

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143. I guess they aren’t familiar with No Fear Shakespeare

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I just found out that a school in Australia has stopped using Shakespeare in its English studies course – in favor of focusing on things more relevant to students of today. What exactly are they focusing on? Mainly TV shows and movies.

The idea is that this course is aimed at the students who are lower-achieving and will probably not be going to university. Instead of Shakespeare, these students are reading books like The Catcher in the Rye and studying movies like The Matrix and TV shows such as The Worst Jobs in History.

While I’m a big Holden Caulfield fan myself, I can’t really find a way to justify taking the Shakespeare (and other classics) out of the course. Isn’t it a little like giving up on the students, like saying “This Shakespeare stuff is way too thick for you. Here, watch Billy Elliot and report back.”

I think the solution here isn’t to take Shakespeare away from the students – it’s to find a way to teach it to those who are considered lower-achieving. Taking it away just seems like an easy way out, and it may deprive a lot of people of some really remarkable literature.


Written by Caroline Mincks

February 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

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