Should We Continue to Study Shakespeare in Schools?

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Virtually every school student will study Shakespeare at some point. Most say that he is too hard to understand, too old or too boring. This begs the question: why should students be forced to study an outdated, irrelevant, and unimportant playwright? What does the bard offer school students in 2014? After much research it is found that it is crucial to have Shakespeare within the high school curriculum. For over 400 years the words of Shakespeare have resonated throughout society. His knowledge and understanding of human nature was a tremendous accomplishment through the late 15th century to the early 16th century. The notion of Shakespeare being a great example to study from is questioned continuously by contemporary audiences. As most might know Shakespeare has been stereotyped to be the extremely smart and a complicated person, according to present-day society. This is exemplified through the study of school students when analyzing his efforts to entertain people. So we asked a few students they interested in the topic of Shakespeare and why they enjoy the study. When I asked a school student whether they enjoy the study of Shakespeare we get mixed answers of whether it is a good topic for teaching. A student from Elanora State High School says “I don’t reckon Shakespeare is relevant to us anymore and basically fully outdated, quite frankly I think he has been dead for over 400 years and shows no significance to the 21st Century. The material is the most boring
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