The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0471  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Feb 2001 00:02:38 +0000
Subject: Re: Bard Bade Goodbye
Comment:        SHK 12.0460 Re: Bard Bade Goodbye

Kezia is right: behind all the major exam boards are big publishing
conglomerates who have vested interests in promoting bureaucratic /
political dissatisfaction, re-drawing of specifications etc so that a
veritable production line of new state-of-art text books / resource
books can be kept to assuage appetite and soothe brows they have helped
to wrinkle in the first place. ASk Brits about Heninemann, Longman's et
al, and where they stand in the great shift in the English nati0nal

To Terence Hawkes, at least Shakespeare studied Latin , Greek, read
Ovid, Holinshed, Plutarch etc etc. Can you see our students, off their
own bats, hacking a path past Eminem to literary giants to fuel their
hunger for expressiveness on that rich scale? As a dedicated and
desperate teacher, I seriously fear for literature, and it is unfair of
Terence Hawkes to suggest that only the privileged are wringing their
hands. There are humbler others that watch the death fires dance too. he
has his education secure and brilliant: my fear is for those who might
have been, and are now unlikely to be, and may be forever denied. What
kind of orthodoxy is that? State sponsored illiteracy? Keep 'em stupid,
and they will never rise up to shake the tree? Am I talking of an
apocalypse too far?

Stuart Manger

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