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Boring or Enlightening Children
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1772  Monday, 12 August 2002

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Friday, 09 Aug 2002 16:08:05 -0700
Subject:        Boring or Enlightening Children

Remembering that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to
repeat it, and noting several silly rounds about the merits of teaching
Shakespeare to children on SHAKSPER, let me quote a few lines I just
discovered.

*It has been argued by Mr. Bernard Shaw, among others, that...
associating drama and lessons... simply creates Shakespeare haters.
Therefore nobody under eighteen should be taken to Shakespeare
performance.  Others argue that the thing does not work out that way at
all: the children, for the most part, have a thoroughly good time and
are not in the least deterred.* Ivor Brown and George Fearon, THE LIVING
MONUMENT: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE SHAKESPEARE INDUSTRY (Port Washington,
N.Y. and London, Kennikat Press: no date given.  This is a reprint of a
book first published in 1939.)

As one who once participated in this debate on-list, I'm embarrassed.
Perhaps it is time to study this instead of debate it with mere opinion
and personal experience instead of facts?

Hoping this does not start a new round, but thinking it will be of
interest to those who have argued this on SHAKSPER,

Mike Jensen

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