I keep having this discussion, and I am fascinated by other people’s answers, so I’m putting it out again:
Should we be teaching Shakespeare’s plays in high school in Canada? Why? What is the value to our students and our communities? Does their value rely on specific cultural membership or is it truly universal?
What of it should we teach? Word for word, line for line, just the movie, just the ideas?
One part of this discussion that I just heard was that King Lear was recently added to the recommended list in Saskatchewan’s grade 12 curriculum at the request of First Nations shareholders. They believe it is valuable as a text that deals with the consequences of dishonouring and losing sight of the value of elders.
Have at. This is what comment sections are made for.