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The End of Reading in America and Other Related Matters

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.15.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Reading Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the classics; reading for life-wisdom, nourishment, guidance and growth; reading to save one's soul and to make sense of oneself and the enigma of life -- this kind of reading rarely exists anymore.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

As impressed as we may be when reading Shakespeare, we shouldn't think that we've plumbed the depths of his meaning. As we mature, our understanding of his plays will deepen, as time and heartache teach us more about life than we may care to discover.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 4

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

There are several ways of reading. We can read to escape or to be entertained; to be confirmed in our own point of view or be challenged by another; to be inspired or attack; to evaluate critically or challenge; to judge, condemn, or simply to understand. It is this last way of reading - of wanting to understand the human heart in its many permutations in Shakespeare that interests us here.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The initial strangeness you may encounter in reading Shakespeare is simply the play's way of telling you that you've entered another world, which is, after all, why you're reading his play in the first place.

More Bad Education News (And Some Bright Spots)

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

For someone that spent most of the last 10 years working on this problem it is discouraging to see the grad rate dip this low.