The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0539 Wednesday, 7 June 2006
Date: Tuesday, 06 Jun 2006 20:58:29 -0700
Subject: "Eat dagger, old man!" Macbeth tells Duncan
Anger over 'dumbing down' of Shakespeare in schools
Daily Mail, June 6, 2006
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Thousands of teenagers across the country are studying 'dumbed down'
Shakespeare plays at school, it was revealed yesterday.
They are using texts and GCSE revision guides which reduce the great
works of literature to a series of simplistic cartoons and jokes.
Critics yesterday condemned the 'puerile' attempts to make Shakespeare
more accessible and claimed it made a mockery of attempts to drive up
standards in the country's schools.
They believe that the move to simplify everything to the lowest possible
denominator explains growing numbers of howlers in students' exam papers.
Examiners recently complained that teenagers are approaching
Shakespeare's plays as if they are TV soap operas, peppering their
essays with conversational clich