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Shakespeare for children?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0016  Monday, 11 January 2010

From:       Robert Projansky <
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Date:       Friday, 8 Jan 2010 18:46:20 -0800
Subject: 20.0577 Shakespeare for children?
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0577 Shakespeare for children?

Had he ever seen "A Touch of Greatness", a moving 2005 documentary about 
Albert Cullum, whose fifth grade pupils' curriculum included performing 
Shakespeare, Professor Hawkes would have had to grump  about something else.

Albert Cullum taught fifth grade for ten years in Rye, NY, before a 
thirty-year career as a professor of education at Boston University and 
Stonehill College. Some of his Shakespeare efforts included children as 
young as five. He didn't stop at Shakespeare; his kids performed other 
classics too, including Antigone and Saint Joan. Professor Cullum, who 
died in 2003 at 83, was also the author of a  number of books on 
children's education, one of which sold more than half a million copies. 
The film includes testimonials from some of his former 10-year-olds.

More about the film and Albert Cullum at:
http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/articles/art_atouchofgreatness.html
and
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/touchofgreatness/

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