The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0561 Tuesday, 16 June 1998.
Date: Monday, 15 Jun 1998 10:45:35 -0800
Subject: F.Y.I. Shakespeare and English Education
I got this forwarded to me from the Buffalo poetics discussion group,
who seem not to understand how this could happen and what it might say
about the English and how they do Shakespeare. Who can blame them?
LONDON (Reuters) - British students found to their horror they had spent
two years studying the wrong play when their exam paper had no questions
on Shakespeare's epic tragedy ``King Lear.''
Bradford Grammar School, whose former pupils include painter David
Hockney and former Labour minister Denis Healey, discovered its
curriculum error and hastily rang the examination board.
A teacher mistakenly taught the pupils ``King Lear'' instead of three
other Shakespeare plays which were on the syllabus. Headmaster Stephen
Davidson said the teacher was ``absolutely devastated.''
A spokesman for the examination board said: ``It will have been a
stressful time for the students and we will do everything we can to make
sure that they are not disadvantaged by a mistake that wasn't their
Staff and pupils are anxiously awaiting the results from the A-level
examination, which can affect pupils' chances of gaining entrance to