The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0439 Friday, 23 February 2001
From: Jack Heller <
Date: Thursday, 22 Feb 2001 21:07:52 -0500
Subject: 12.0428 Bard Bade Goodbye
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0428 Bard Bade Goodbye
>The plan would take effect next year. Besides removing the requirement
>that students study two plays by Shakespeare, the proposals also drop
>two lists of major writers of fiction and poetry published before 1914,
>included as "examples of the English literary heritage."
>There is also a new emphasis on "drama," which English teachers take to
>mean contemporary films and videos, and no mention of poetry. The
>advisory group, which describes its mission as "promoting quality and
>coherence in education and training, in the interests of individuals,
>the economy and society," refused to discuss the proposals.
Could the reason for their refusal to discuss the proposals be that they
are essentially indefensible? Promoting quality, my ass.