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PostSubject: April 23rd - Shakespeare's Birthday   Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:43 am

...and yes, I know, I'm late. Anyway, I could really connect to the troubles described in this article from the Telegraph about schools being unable to teach Shakespeare properly:

I know that many of my own students would be entirely unable to understand a word of it, but they have the excuse of not being native speakers (besides not being the brightest set of lightbulbs in the shelf). But I wonder if it is really because of a lack of time that Shakespeare cannot be done properly - or if perhaps - maybe I should not say that if I want to still have a job next term - if perhaps the students in general are increasingly unable to wrap their minds around complex issues.

It's a development I've seen in my own school time, and I continue to see it now. Just yesterday, I spoke with a colleague of mine who found that the quality of term papers had significantly decreased over the last ten years (she is working on another stack right now, and says those are the worst ones yet).

What do you think about this? Is this true, or is it a misperception? Is there anything about today's world that makes it incompatible with Shakespeare, or are people just getting lazier, not more stupid?

If history is doomed to repeat itself, bring on the beheadings.
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