Category Archives: What Schools Ought to Teach

Teaching Othello — Avoiding the Iago Effect

In his lecture to the Teaching Shakespeare Institute yesterday, Dr. Michael Whitmore described a recent conversation. “In five minutes or less, explain to me why schools should teach Shakespeare,” someone asked him.  In reply, he picked on play that has … Continue reading

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Why English? How English?

Lately I’ve tried to put myself inside the head of a student — NOT one who wants to grow up and be an English teacher, but one of the many busy, distracted, and bored young men or women who have … Continue reading

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Why am I making everyone do blogs?

Why literature?  Why blogs?  I’ll start at the first question.  I love literature.  I loved it when I was in middle school — so much that I decided that I wanted to be an English teacher for the rest of … Continue reading

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