Schools mixed on requiring Shakespear...

Schools mixed on requiring Shakespeare-devoted classes

There are 6 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Oct 20, 2007, titled Schools mixed on requiring Shakespeare-devoted classes. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

To require or not to require? That's the question when it comes to William Shakespeare courses in English departments of the state's higher education institutions.

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Since: Sep 07

State of Confusion

#1 Oct 21, 2007
“If you want to learn how to use language effectively,” King said,“there is no better author to study than Shakespeare.”

Dag gum right!

I thought Don King was the dude where his hair stands on his head and wrestles people. And now he teaches Shakespeare. If that don't beat all.

Ya know..if ya think about it..maybe that was what happened to Tyson..he didn't study the arts and didn't comprehend the meaning of lending an ear.

I pray thee peace, I will be flesh and blood;
For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently,
However they have writ the style of gods,
And made a push at chance and sufferance.---Leonato

See they cant say stuff like that if they dont learn it.
IMOKRU

Maxton, NC

#2 Oct 21, 2007
For a generation society has been forced to swallow the multicultural agenda and as a result our universities have achieved their goal of minimal standards, non-relevant "feel good" course requirements, stifled free speech that didn't follow a secular progressive mantra and a continued slide in academic achievement. This ban on Shakespeare is one more example of the "dumbing down of America".

Imagine a speech class that ignored Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and perhaps even JFK because they didn't fit the political agenda. Old dead white men are no longer relevant in today's acedemia and universities due to very fact they are old, masculine, competant and white. It doesn't fit the new world order because evil Europeans are responsible for the ills of the world due to their racial and cultural bias so why include them as authority figures in the discipline of letters.

In the end it really doesn't matter I suppose. When I order my steak I couldn't care less if the waitor has degree in literature that did or did't require an exposure to William Shakesspeare. "To be or not to bear" isn't important. Just be sure the steak is medium rare with chives and sour creme on the baked potato.
Kevin

Lincolnton, NC

#3 Oct 21, 2007
I don't think that a ban on Shakespeare has one bloody thing to do with "dumbing down" America. I learned Shakespeare in high school and college (and recently made a woman wearing a Shakespeare t-shirt's day by being able to quote part of one of his sonnets!!!) and haven't regretted it. The speeches of Churchill and Kennedy I could deal with; I'd rather not be forced to listen to the inane ramblings of Ronnie Ray-Gun, thank you.
Part of the problem, imho, is that the younger generation hasn't had enough exposure to the Bard; apparently, his cRap lyrics haven't made the bigtime yet. It takes a special teacher to be able to break through the hardened shell of literary ignorance and get through to these kids exactly what kind of writer Shakespeare was. He put historical situations into a setting that appealed to all, not to mention beinging them to the lower classes.
And, for pity's sake, Shakespeare doesn't have two "s's", waitor is actually "waiter", and doesn't supplant "did't" in correct grammer.
Lord, what fools these mortals be.....
Sharon

Lincolnton, NC

#4 Oct 21, 2007
Without a basic knowledge of Shakespeare, the title of this article wouldn't mean much, would it?

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#5 Oct 21, 2007
I studied Shakespeare in public school. I enjoyed it. Whats the big deal? The dumbing down of American children in public school is due to the lack of teaching the basics, not Shakespeare or any other writer. I doubt a lot of kids can even read it now. Thats just shameful.
Lollerkeekles

Great Falls, MT

#6 Oct 22, 2007
The first thing kids need to learn in a college English 100-level class is how to write a decent paper, because they haven't been taught this in high school. They usually don't take more than one English class, unless they major in English.

Some do get to read foreign authors because some will major in foreign languages. The requirement for kids to take 100 and 200 level courses of foreign languages covers primarily grammar.

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