Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2008 :: July ::
Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0423  Sunday, 20 July 2008

[1] From:   John Zuill <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
     Date:   Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 12:58:32 +1000
     Subt:   Re: SHK 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?

[2] From:   Cheryl Newton <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
     Date:   Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 01:37:46 -0400
     Subt:   Re: SHK 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:       John Zuill <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:       Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 12:58:32 +1000
Subject: 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?

It's off topic and annoying to many, but given the chance I would  consider 
doing abolishing education. In a culture existentially reliant on its citizens 
understanding its complex structures and making a profound commitment to its 
system, we provide that understanding in a spiritually excised and abstract 
series of rituals of what gets called "excellence." Excellence is a reductive 
program of goals meant to inspire ambition in children and young adults. It 
appeals to many at first but it is soon recognized for what it is, a  cynical 
and meaningless separation of all students into best to worst, with no 
meaningful reference to the culture or to life. No wonder cheating on tests is 
so widespread. The system does not inspire honesty. That understanding is not 
the aim of most education is illustrated by the fact that the student is placed 
in group of 29 others of the same age and level of ignorance and one harried 
underpaid and socially dismissed adult. Why is of such low stature in the 
culture that requires his services as a body needs blood? I cannot say for sure, 
but I have a feeling that most voters were educated in the system he or she 
supports and they aren't happy about it.

 From the other students one learns what they know. Which in effectual terms is 
nothing. Some students learn the system and do well. It's not life that school 
teaches but school. Studentship requires a talent and  some students have that 
talent. For those who do not have the talent, it is confusing, irrelevant, 
miserable and socially very confusing. We say children are impulsive and cannot 
govern their desires. Yet we ask them to enter school at 6 years old and promise 
them that after 16 years of this horror they will be ready for life and will be 
citizens with all the privilege and power that implies. And they wait. Clearly 
they have good impulse control. Our president went to the finest schools and 
universities our system offers; the absolute summit of quality. He came out as 
dumb as toast. And he's proud of it. Yes, I did not have that talent. I am the 
squeeky wheel. And I am tired of hearing people tell me Shakespeare is something 
they need a lifelong  break from because they had to read it in school. It is 
imperative that education become an integral affirming experience that goes on 
throughout one's life. There was a time a century ago when we could  have gotten 
by with our lousy system. But that's all gone. And yes, if I were dictator, 
there would be some big changes.

[2]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:       Cheryl Newton <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:       Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 01:37:46 -0400
Subject: 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0417 Scrapping Final Shakespeare Examination?

Donald Bloom wrote:

 >Now there's an idea. If we could only get rid of teachers, schools,
 >and books how much more informed, mindful, and inspired we'd all
 >be. Disney wouldn't have a chance.

Oh, keep the books! But I have 3 words to revolutionize education: homeschool, 
homeschool, homeschool!

Cheryl Newton

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>

DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the opinions 
expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the editor assumes no 
responsibility for them.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.