September 17, 2017

Scholar: How school board's Shakespeare ban harms students

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On Friday's show, award-winning author David Bradley joined me to discuss the Peel District School Board's plan to remove Shakespeare from the curriculum

Shakespeare's influence on the English language was profound; every day we use phrases that originated from his plays and sonnets.  

But left-wing teachers want him removed from the curriculum because he's white...

WATCH my discussion with David to see why he thinks teachers are taking away an opportunity for students to empathize with characters of Shakespeare's plays, and how this is reminiscent of his previous effort to fight the censorship of Mark Twain's novels.

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commented 2017-09-18 23:53:28 -0400
David Bradley is an awesome guest. Intelligent and thoughtful. Breath of fresh air in todays rough cultural climate.
commented 2017-09-18 01:06:27 -0400
Everyone should read Shakespeare and as early as possible. I like David Bradley’s take on things. It is important to know the history and actual experiences of different people in order to understand them,and nothing does that like reading a story. One that takes you into the character’s thoughts, feelings and motivations. Reading uses language to develop ideas in the mind that goes beyond the passive physical experience of having the images, sounds, and experiences already produced for you. When you watch a movie you are an observer, a bystander, but when you read a book you are part of the creative process. The effect is much more profound. .
commented 2017-09-17 23:23:36 -0400
Who cares why Shakespeare is being taken out of the curriculum, what amazes me how this foreign language has been allowed to masquerade as english for so long? It has been a travesty that such exotic stuff has been considered more important than teaching students to read and write effectively. Let students interested select it as an option, but to require students to wade through this stuff in order to graduate is totally wrong-headed. I had a student who is now an engineer and built five prototypes in grade eleven before he was satisfied; was afraid that his lack of performance in the world of Shakespeare was going to prevent him from graduating.
commented 2017-09-17 21:30:04 -0400
This is why the liberalist globalist want to ban literature…They want to erase/change definitions of words in the English Dictionary..What else could it be?

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commented 2017-09-17 21:10:23 -0400
Does this fit with the liberalist..globalist mindset?

Grandiosity is a symptom experienced by people with bipolar disorder during manic and hypomanic episodes. People experiencing grandiosity often describe larger-than-life feelings of superiority. In short, it is an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, power, knowledge or identity, which often has religious overtones.
commented 2017-09-17 21:03:08 -0400
Soon they will be banning books like “The Origin Of Species” and further down the line “The Bible.”
I agree with Dirk Kanis, that there is only one book that needs to be banned, only make it world wide, succeed in doing that and this world will be a lot better off.
commented 2017-09-17 19:59:40 -0400
There is only 1 book that needs banning, nation wide.
commented 2017-09-17 18:58:11 -0400
Space Moose..I bet there was a lot of Students that hated reading Canadian history/politics..Look where that got us..trudeau two…and Canada is going down in history as one of the worst ally’s to the Western World..Totally pathetic…Because of ill informed and demented liberal..globalist wingnuts.
commented 2017-09-17 18:25:44 -0400
I hated reading Shakespeare so much, that I resorted to reading coles notes instead.
commented 2017-09-17 18:16:59 -0400
If they ban Shakespeare..What other books would be banned..Hmmmm..Is there any hate speech book of instructions out there? Hmmm??..Shakespeare is not hate speech…..
commented 2017-09-17 17:33:09 -0400
To all you liberal wingnuts…If each piece of documented facts/literature was destroyed soon after it was printed..YOUR STUPID ASSES WOULDN’T BE ALIVE!!!! GET IT!!! Holy freakin shit these people who are banning Shakespeare are frigged up totally..If you don’t love Canada….leave it…
commented 2017-09-17 16:43:31 -0400
Regressive leftist intellect is as regressed as their moral character. Book burning/banning and a celebration of mediocrity. You have to be mad to trust these political sadists with the minds of children.
commented 2017-09-17 16:28:07 -0400
Banning Books..Hmmmm…What group banned books and started to burn them…hmmm…..say back around WWII…Oh is that a trigger moment to report facts??…hmmmm…
commented 2017-09-17 16:01:47 -0400
Great! Bring in Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin! He was a better writer anyways, even in translation. I couldn’t resist.
commented 2017-09-17 15:33:42 -0400
A war has been declared on English language, literature & culture.
I just came across another news article; KFC has condemn one of it’s franchisee in Saskatchewan for issuing a memo to it’s employees (Filipino TFW) to speak English in front of the customers, while they are free to speak their language in the break room.
The memo reads:
It alleged that customers complained after staff spoke a different language in front of them — and also said some complained when they overheard staff speaking another language in the back of the fast food restaurant.
THIS STOPS NOW. When our FW’s [foreign workers] were brought over to Canada part of the process was that they had to pass English tests,” the memo says.
“These workers need to understand that communicating in a language which is not understandable by 99 per cent of our customers aggravates the general public.”

KFC Canada response to this memo:
Linn Free, director of operations at KFC Canada, said the company values diversity.“We have stringent policies in place around anti-discrimination, and we expect the entire KFC family, including our franchisee partners, to uphold these standards.”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-kfc-english-only-memo-1.4289252
commented 2017-09-17 10:05:20 -0400
So, some misguided school boards want to remove great writers such as Shakespeare and replace them with modern authors that represent “diversity.” This is a mistake and subtle form of censorship. The great Canadian scholar and teacher Northrop Frye had a warning about this in his seminal work, “The Educated Imagination”, that today’s politically correct inspired board administrators and teachers ought to read. Here’s just one small quote:

“So, you may ask, what is the use of studying the world of imagination where anything is possible and anything can be assumed, where there are no rights or wrongs and all arguments are equally good? One of the most obvious uses, I think, is its encouragement of tolerance. In the imagination our own beliefs are also only possibilities, but we can also see the possibilities in the beliefs of others. Bigots and fanatics seldom have any use for the arts, because they’re so preoccupied with their beliefs and actions that they can’t see them as also possibilities. It’s possible to go to the other extreme, to be a dilettante so bemused by possibilities that one has no convictions or power to act at all. But such people are much less common than bigots, and in our world much less dangerous.”

The great works of Shakespeare is a chance to introduce students to true diveristy, critical thinking and an opportunity to form a truly educated imagination to better inform and guide their lives.