The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1792 Friday, 22 September 2000.
Date: Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 13:18:43 -0400
Subject: 11.1775 Re: Shakespeare in Schools
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1775 Re: Shakespeare in Schools
We discussed this at length a few months back: surely the archives are
I must warn those taking the "younger the better" side to be prepared to
suffer the the full measure of T Hawkes' scorn. Early exposure to
Shakespeare arrests mental development, and we poor fools who "love" his
verse and wallow in word music are the living proof.
> I really must protest.
> Unlike you, I came to Shakespeare's plays at an early age, having
> discovered them among my father's formidable record collection in the
> form of spoken word. I spent hours of my youth
> It is my strong contention that children's minds expand to encompass the
> information that is presented to them. Dickens used to be read to the
> little ones as a bedtime story. Now Dickens is saved for college.
> Folks used to be weaned on Pilgrims Progress and Moby Dick from birth.
> Again, these books are saved for "specialists" and advanced college
> students. Are today's children less intelligent than they were? Of
> course not.
Geralyn Horton, Playwright
Newton, Mass. 02460