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Re: Education
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0670  Wednesday, 6 March 2002

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday 05 Mar 2002 09:39:27 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0649 Re: Education

[2]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Tuesday 5 Mar 2002 12:39:34 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Education

[3]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday 5 Mar 2002 17:43:57 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0649 Re: Education

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        Date:   Tuesday 5 Mar 2002 17:52:43 -0000
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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday 05 Mar 2002 09:39:27 -0800
Subject: 13.0649 Re: Education
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0649 Re: Education

Ben Jonson a college boy?  May I suggest Brian Willis look a bit more
deeply into the life of Jonson?  I found the biographies by David Riggs
and Anne Barton very helpful.

BTW, why isn't there a movement to prove Jonson didn't write his plays?
If you need a university education to write a play, Jonson hardly
qualifies.

Dripping with sarcasm,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Tuesday 5 Mar 2002 12:39:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Education

So long as we are going down this path, and I've pushed the thread along
these lines, let me sum up what I believe about multiculturalism and
multilingualism, so that my assumptions can be more readily critiqued:

Of course, America is by definition largely a nation of immigrants, and
like Canada it has benefited greatly from the diverse roots of its
population.  Immigrant children learn English, and this is
understandable because English prevails in the marketplace.  But
English-speaking children are considered 'smart enough' and don't get
access to foreign language, whether through immersion (a la Shakespeare)
or through language classes.  The schools which offer immersion and/or
instruction at the grade-school level are few and far between, and I am
delighted to hear that certain inner-city grade-schools offering foreign
language instruction are racially and ethnically diverse.  However. . .

My experience in Arlington, VA, a bedroom community across the river
from Washington, D.C., is that immersion programs (in Spanish, not
Latin) are only available through lottery, and this automatically
pre-selects students.  Only those 'in the know' or concerned enough
about their child's linguistic education bother to register for this
lottery; and when the County tried to ensure a racial/ethnic mix in this
program, so that it reflected Arlington's multicultural population,
outraged white parents sued and the courts overturned this "quota
system."  So, now we have only one school offering foreign-language
immersion, available only through lottery, which in theory is open to
all but let's face it, the richer (and, dare I say it, whiter) parents
are more likely to sign on for the lottery.

If Terence Hawkes would care to pull down his copy of Allan Bloom's _The
Closing of the American Mind_ (an ironic title, because it is Bloom
whose mind is shut like a dungeon trap)* he will find the official
conservative line on cultural diversity -- his rejection of Hispanic
heritage festivals should be required reading for this discussion.
There's a difference between the fact of diversity and the reaction of
the white elite to this diversity.  I might also recommend that Dr.
Hawkes read Pat Buchanan's latest screed on immigrants, should he think
that I am making this anti-diversity stuff up.

Cheers,
Andy White

* It

 

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