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Shakespeare Honors Seminar in a Two-Year College
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0350  Tuesday, 25 April 2006

From: 		Norman Hinton <
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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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