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Shakespeare goes to high school
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1645  Tuesday, 27 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	John Briggs <
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	Date: 	Monday, 26 Sep 2005 17:56:55 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school

[2] 	From: 	Tanya Gough <
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	Date: 	Monday, 26 Sep 2005 12:59:54 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1594 Shakespeare goes to high school

[3] 	From: 	Bill Arnold <
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	Date: 	Monday, 26 Sep 2005 12:49:38 -0700 (PDT)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school


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From: 		John Briggs <
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Date: 		Monday, 26 Sep 2005 17:56:55 +0100
Subject: 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school

Richard Burt wrote:

 >In the 1990s, a teacher was fired for teaching Twelfth Night.

How do you get fired for teaching "Twelfth Night"?  (Yes, I know, "Only 
in America...")  I remember that my school text some thirty-five years 
ago was expurgated, but even then I thought that it was a ridiculous 
effort, as all that they could find to cut out were two insignificant 
references, one of which was "Carry his water to th' wise woman"!

John Briggs

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From: 		Tanya Gough <
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Date: 		Monday, 26 Sep 2005 12:59:54 -0400
Subject: 16.1594 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1594 Shakespeare goes to high school

 >5. Is the teaching of any specific play mandated by any state or nation?

Michael,

It's my understanding that some states have set curriculum which 
determines which plays can be taught and when.  I would say the vast 
majority of the US high school teachers I deal with teach JC 
specifically in 10th grade, and I know that is mandated in some states 
(though I can't tell you off hand which ones).  In Texas, plays such as 
Romeo and Juliet and others are considered to be the realm of the 
English department, and the Drama teachers aren't allowed to touch plays 
taught as literature, thus making Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night 
more popular in Texas high school drama departments.

Cheers,
Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Monday, 26 Sep 2005 12:49:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1619 Shakespeare goes to high school

Cheryl Newton writes, "Michael, I can't speak to the long term history 
in public schools.  A little more than 30 years ago, my class studied 
Julius Caesar in our sophomore year."

In 1967-68, during my first teaching job at the Orange, Massachusetts, 
High School, I had the responsibility of all four junior English 
classes, and de rigeur was Macbeth.  We made it a once a week class 
project, with editors elected, and all students contributing and 
published a hardbound casebook which every student received.  We had 
delicious fun doing Shakespeare, and Orange was a combination small town 
north of Amherst with a farming community as part of its population.

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

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