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Are American Schools Creating a ‘Stupefied’ Generation?


  • Could the lack of enthusiasm and encouragement for rigor and high achievement in today’s schools be by design? 
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May 18, 2017 | In recent months, it has been reported that studying and performing Shakespeare has dramatic effects on the academic performance of young students. In fact, one school in Australia found their exam scores increased more than 40 percentage points after Shakespeare lessons were incorporated into the curriculum.

Because of these dramatic effects, I took notice of a recent article written by high school English teacher Sean Davenport. In the article, Davenport tells how he began requiring his 10th grade students to memorize and recite passages of Shakespeare. The kids balked at it, but struggled ahead. Annie Holmquist is a senior writer with Intellectual Takeout.

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    From the Archives | When schools become dead zones of the imagination, Henry A. Giroux, Philosophers for Change


    • Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • A critical pedagogy manifesto
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