The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0350 Tuesday, 25 April 2006
Date: Monday, 24 Apr 2006 11:24:57 -0500
Subject: 17.0341 Shakespeare Honors Seminar in a Two-Year College
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0341 Shakespeare Honors Seminar in a Two-Year College
Congratulations to you and your school for such a well-founded program!
I taught for many years in an open-admission school, but also taught
(I'm now retired) in an Ivy League school and a Midwestern school with
very high expectations of its entering students. (Alas, I taught
medieval studies, so I don't have any good Renaissance assignments to
suggest) I found that the brightest students at the open admissions
place were every bit as good as the brightest in the other school: it
was the presence of students at the other end that marked the
difference. But I also found, as I'm sure you know, that if I treated
all the students as good students, they responded that way to the best
of their abilities. I deplore all approaches that say "we have to take
into account their difficulties (poor things)". So give them good sound
studies of Shakespeare and make good sound assignments --but I am
probably telling you something you already know.
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