The Bloodthirsty Bard.

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    The conformity engendered is impressive, especially given what would otherwise appear to be nearly endless choice.
     
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    I remember being delighted by Shakespeare with all those successful stabbings and whatnot, after watching Wile E Coyote drop so many boulders for naught.
     
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    I now feel that murder is too violent an issue for high school'ers.

    They should hold off on Shakespeare until college.

    The Hobbit is better suited for high school'ers.

    But not the Tolkien Trilogy though.

    I guess this is what Mindful is also getting at.
     
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    German education impressed me the most.

    They test their kids and then send them off either to trade school (like my cousin over there), or intermediate liberal arts (where I attended for a year as an exchange student in 9th Grade), or high level classics including Greek (my uncle went there).

    - Berufschule

    - Oberealschule

    - Gymnasium.
     
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    It seems to me, murder is a necessary part of good vs evil stories.
     
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    Romeo and Juliet is the most dangerous of all the Shakespearian classics to high school'ers because a lot of them commit suicide especially the girls now.

    So I would ban that one -- no talk of suicide in high school.
     
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    That's a valid point.
     
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    I'm not sure avoiding a topic like suicide is the way to go. Kids don't just up and kill themselves because they read Romeo and Juliet. These things ought to be discussed. If they aren't being talked about at home, school discussion take on even more importance.
     
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    A Midsummer's Dream (there's an allegory in that one) and The Tempest were my favourites. But we had Macbeth dumped on us. How were we to analyse the dark deep vagaries of Lady Macbeth's scheming character, when we'd hardly lived ourselves?
     
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    Titus Andronicus is still the winner for most bloody play. Rape, cannibalism, murder.... Family values!!!
     

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