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Re: Boring or Enlightening Children
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1778  Thursday, 15 August 2002

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Aug 2002 11:47:05 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children

[2]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Aug 2002 20:52:35 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children

[3]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Aug 2002 13:44:53 EDT
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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Aug 2002 11:47:05 -0500
Subject: 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children

>Remembering that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to
>repeat it, and

. . . in a democracy, if there are enough of them, we'll all repeat it.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell

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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Aug 2002 20:52:35 +0100
Subject: 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children

Haven't come across this thread before!  As a teacher with two children
- I took both to good Shakespeare performances from a very young age.
Consequently I have one deeply Shakespearean 17 year old daughter who
just gets high on it, and one 19 year old son who prefers plays like
Stoppard's R & G Are Dead and Beckett.  Personal I know, but.......  I
think love of language, theatre and poetry is passed to others by
enthusiasm, a personal road to Damascus experience or peer group
influence.  Shakespeare unless taught by inspirational tachers who are
deeply enthusiastic themselves will fail - it is in the theatre that it
should be seen.  Therefore companies like the RSC, Cheek By Jowl etc are
incredibly important in carrying the flame.

Jan

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Aug 2002 13:44:53 EDT
Subject: 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1772 Boring or Enlightening Children

Shaw's quote, as I recall it, (I am on vacation, so this is from memory)
goes: "I do not wish to have my plays published in textbooks. I do not
wish to have the schoolboys of England hate me the way they hate William
Shakespeare."

I think it is important to note that SCHOOLS are very different places
today than they were when Mr. Shaw was a boy.

Billy Houck
undeterred

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