When I was teaching English in the Los Angeles Unified School District, there were two things that always elicited moans from students: studying Shakespeare and grammar (“The Case Against Shakespeare,” thewalrus.ca, Mar. 31). Since both were part of the curriculum, I had little choice but to teach both.
I must admit that I failed in both cases. It seemed that no matter how hard I tried to make both relevant, my efforts were futile. I’m glad that when I was in high school my teachers were more successful. But that was in a different era.
Today’s students are exposed to images and subjects that my generation never were. As a result, I can understand why Shakespeare and grammar are so unpopular. Yet I wonder if teachers today still don’t have a responsibility to teach both.
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