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Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1437  Thursday, 15 July 2004

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004 06:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, e

[2]     From:   Bruce W. Richman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004 09:07:42 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc


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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004 06:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc

David Crosby writes, "Heaven protect us! Bill Arnold has come over to
the ranks of the permissive progressive educationists: Enlightenment,
however late arriving, is always welcome. Thanks, Bill, for setting
everyone straight on this one... P.S. Tell me, Bill, where are these
starting notebooks to come from?"

OK: in SHAKSPER archives I have detailed my *methodology* when I was a
frosh English prof.  Basically, each student purchases a 90-page
ring-bound lined paper notebook, and the first entry is a picture of the
student, his bio, and his goals in college.  After that, 90-percent of
all assignments are in cursive in the notebook, pages are numbered, and
being ring-bound the notebook becomes a *journal*!  In essence, within
ten pages, all about the reading, thinking, writing ability of the
student is *KNOWN* and the prof does not need to repeat, repeat, repeat
the basic errors.  Bright students can move on, and those who have
weaknesses in their skills can be red-lined, noted, by prof and student,
and they too can move on at their own pace.  If such a methodology began
in grammar school we would have readers and writers at an earlier age.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           Bruce W. Richman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004 09:07:42 -0500
Subject: 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1427 Harold Bloom on Teaching Shakespeare, etc

Six letters in this thread today, without so much as a single mention of
Shakespeare. Generic grumblings about the state of world literacy can
find audience in cigar stores, pool halls, and taverns on every street
corner. Could we please, please, reserve this site for advanced and
sophisticated contributions to world Shakespeare scholarship?

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