Recent visit to an advanced English...


October 16, 2005

THE ISSUE: -- A recent visit to an advanced English class at Edgewood High School revealed that many students believe they spend more than enough time studying the works of William Shakespeare. Their teacher worries that today's students don't get enough exposure and resolves to make sure students achieve more than a rudimentary comprehension of Shakespeare. Are high school students studying enough Shakespeare?

Students should know about Shakespeare

I think Ms. Hoffman is on the right track with trying to increase the amount of Shakespeare studied in school. Maybe the students do not need to read more of Shakespeare's plays. I do feel, however, that they are truly missing a lot if someone does not point out to them that many works they may be quite familiar with have their origins and foundations with the Bard. Musicals such as West Side Story and Hair have borrowed directly from Shakespeare. Movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and O owe their roots to Shakespeare. I feel this would make a great block of study for high school students. Tallulah Bankhead once said, "There are only two true geniuses. Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare." I think students would do well to learn more about both.

Joseph Ricci Abingdon

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