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Canceling Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1085  Monday, 13 June 2005

[1]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Jun 2005 12:42:13 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Cheryl Newton <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Jun 2005 16:21:49 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare

[3]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 11 Jun 2005 07:05:37 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare


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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Jun 2005 12:42:13 -0500
Subject: 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare

No, the problem is inadequate teaching.

Assuming the state core curriculum of Utah is designed to inculcate such
solid American values as greed, deceit, betrayal, power hunger,
cynicism, vanity, political manipulation, callousness, violence, and
self-righteousness(as being the means to success and happiness), how
could you find a better author to illustrate them than Shakespeare?

There used to be some small difficulty about the fact that he seemed to
present these values negatively, but modern criticism has corrected that
by discovering that he actually portrayed the vicious as virtuous and
vice versa.

Someone needs to wake up the English teachers in Utah so that they can
show the wise governors of their schools just how American the Immortal
Bard really is.

Cheers,
don

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From:           Cheryl Newton <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Jun 2005 16:21:49 -0400
Subject: 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare

I don't think Kansas has gotten to Shakespeare yet... but the school
board is proposing that all history books end at 1899, because as of
1900, history can only be taught by "interpretation" not facts.  If they
put thousands of monkeys in a room with typewriters, know what they'd
eventually have?  Thousands of pounds of monkey sh*t, & still nothing
readable.

Cheryl

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Saturday, 11 Jun 2005 07:05:37 -0500
Subject: 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1076 Canceling Shakespeare

This Shakespeare course and other liberal education courses are under
attack because a strong utilitarian spirit has taken over our thinking;
if there is no USE predictable for what we learn, it is suspect. If
liberal training "makes" anything, it does not primarily make the
worker, but the human; it makes us aware of our human BEING, our
capacities to think in all the ways the traditional liberal subjects
invite. A liberal education is philosophical, giving us the deeper
reasons for our acts, it liberates us from ignorance of ourselves, of
what we are and how we relate to everyone and everything else.

L. Swilley

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