What's the point of teaching Shakespeare?

3rd November 2006 at 00:00
The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom

MistyRain: Shakespeare is a shining example of the power and passion of the English language.

Dragon5: If we don't introduce kids to Shakespeare, they're going to miss out on great stories and great use of language.

Carnhot: Because he's bloody brilliant!

Leg_of_salmon: There is no point in teaching Shakespeare - he's been dead a long time and is unlikely to complete any of his coursework, never mind sit an exam.

Feene: I never got Shakespeare when we read him at school. To me it was just Mills and Boon with fancy language that took half a lesson to decipher. It was only when I saw his plays that it clicked.

Aco: My bottom set Year 8s claimed that Hamlet was "well better than EastEnders". Needless to say, I was well chuffed.

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