Schools are just warehouses and teachers are morons

“I am a high school English teacher. I am not supposed to dislike Shakespeare… And not only do I dislike Shakespeare because of my own personal disinterest in reading stories written in an early form of the English language that I cannot always easily navigate, but also because there is a WORLD of really exciting literature out there that better speaks to the needs of my very ethnically-diverse and wonderfully curious modern-day students.”

I’m not too dumb for Shakespeare! I’m too cool for Shakespeare!

  • I’m glad I was spared this ass in school.

  • Hard Little Machine

    When you’re all ruled by the Chinese they won’t be as forgiving as your parents.

  • Alain

    This just confirms how unqualified and incompetent this person is.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    She probably doesn’t know what ocean Pacific Heights is adjacent to.

  • ontario john

    Well, the teacher’s students will be well prepared for the new course on the singer “Beyonce” at the University of Waterloo or the indian drums course at York University.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    When I first learned Chaucer I thought what the?
    Then a few years later my buddy had a version written in contemporary English.
    It was awful.

    • canminuteman

      It might not be that good, to the modern reader, but it is historically important because it is really the first “modern English” writing, at least that has survived. So, If you are going to learn English literature, it’s kind of important.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I meant to convey that I can read Chaucer in his original dialect.
        It is when he’s translated into modern English that all is lost.
        The romance of Chaucer is having to consider the myriad changes and meanings of the words he uses.
        Example: Queinte has a duality in modern English that has rendered it into two distinct words.

    • Waffle

      So you didn’t get to the naughty parts? Poor you. Old Chaucer had quite a sense of humour.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        But, I did.

        • Waffle

          I misread you. Sorry. I happened to study Chaucer initially in modern English. They eased us into “olde English”.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Beowulf is a hard read.
            I tried to read the Magna Carta, too.
            I need to study quite a bit for that one.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I loathed Beowulf, too. Chaucer didn’t get my blood boiling, but I did find it fascinating. I once took a course on the “mass media of the Victorian Age” – the newspaper. If you want prurient and weird and sick and perverted, leafing through a Victorian daily could satisfy your every need. This was because prevailing laws prevented journalists from telling the awful truth, so court records were routinely cited in lengthy excerpts from court records, transcribed in the salty language of the day’s rough and tumble citizens. Very colourful shit!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Where can I find some?

          • Justin St.Denis

            Check out the research library. Amazing the kind of smut people used to talk. Incredible. truly!

          • Clausewitz

            British national archives, also check out the Library of Congress web site, they are currently trying to digitize every written word that has ever been produced.

      • Alain

        Indeed he did.

  • mauser 98

    another white guilt liberal

  • Edubeat

    odds bodkins sirrah methinks thou shouldth spendeth some of thy coronet jewels upon a sett of books calleth ‘no feareth shakespeare’ thou will findeth olde anglicisms uponeth one side and mod’rn anglicisms written on the right side. problem solv’d.

    • Edubeat

      All Shakespeare All the Time Chapters/Indigo $10 shekels

  • simus1

    The fack she didn’t rite “I am an high school teacher” immediately raised my suspicions.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Over time and despite being a Christian, I have concluded that there might be something to the whole “karma and reincarnation” thing after all. Idiots keep returning. Indeed, the SAME idiots keep returning. Over and over again.

  • Joy Freiheit

    Christian Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi on the value of teaching Shakespeare to students, including (or maybe especially?) Indian students:

  • Xavier

    Dead British guy? I thought we were all from Africa, per Dolezal.

  • Martin B

    “So I ask, why not teach the oral tradition out of Africa, which includes an equally relevant commentary on human behavior?”

    Yes let’s make sure all our students will be just as illiterate as Stone Age savages.

    • Clausewitz

      We’re being told all the time on TVO that African culture was greater then our own. Sadly it died 2000 years ago. This also goes with the idiot documentary piece I saw last week making the claim that the USSR won the space race. Well if you have no concern for the suckers you’re shooting into space, anything may be possible.

  • Clausewitz

    This teacher needs to quit now, before the fatal aneurism.

  • Sir Roderick Spode

    They key point here is trying to frame this discussion over “what is relevent in a modern class room”. Nothing has ever been relevant in any class room. To get a meaningful analysis of the progress of English and Lingusitics in general John McWhorter will reward your time.

    I recently saw a tragic fail of the Education System self esteem pacifier in action. A friends kid was having all sorts of behavior problems as well as doing poorly in arithmetic. Lots of pressure / encoragement was being applied to make up ground in this respect. Progress was being made. Fs were becoming Ds and a glimmer of a C. One day the kid comes home with a triumphant B+ . Get stuffed Mum see you were wrong the teacher says my Maths is fine. Kid had got 85 % but had been moved into a “We give up” warehouse, given a calculator and a shopping list. Some of the one that were wrong were 2 orders of magnitude out. Mum pointed out that, not only will you not understand arithmetic, but the only work you will get with that level of numeracy is a checkout. Every seventh customer will be going berserk because you charged them a cupla thousand buck for a basket of groceries. But the battle was lost. Next battle lost was drugs and piercings and staying out all night. Theres’ your relevance to the Modern Class room right there. Duck and Shove.

    • simus1

      Except for the precious snowflakes produced by the elites/progressives, the standard Genocidist program for “priority population balance” is no offspring, sex, booze, drugs and die. The sooner the better.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Her eyes are nothing like the sun, either.

  • Xavier

    She probably just didn’t like that “Do we not bleed if you prick us?” stuff in The Merchant of Venice. Too humanizing.

  • tom_billesley

    If you don’t know the Bible and Shakespeare, you miss out on a lot of the allusions in English literature, and you’re culturally hobbled.

    • Kaye

      Good point. I guess the general decline of Christianity is contributing to a decline in the perceived value of much of English literature (pre-1900, at least).

  • David Murrell

    Not to be the curmudgeon here, but the “dead white males” debate has been going on for some time now, where radical leftists within the educracy strut their racist (anti-white), sexist (anti-male) stuff. Notice this writer’s sexist, racist words throughout her point of view. And for me, racists and sexists are not the brightest people walking the earth.

    My quibble is that this anti-Western Civilization movement is fairly old now (say, 30-40 years)? What I would like to read is an essay describing this debate. Has Shakespeare been moved off of high school reading lists, or not? Have university liberal arts programs: watered down their Western Civilization courses, (or politicized them?) or not? The post above singles out one demented high school teacher. But where has education gone, with Shakespeare and others?

    I had trouble with Shakespeare in high school and university. I survived the right of passage. But I still wonder if there is a better way of teaching English literature. Not the wack-job leftist alternative, but some other way.