57–Of Math and Martyrs


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5 Responses

  1. knitting2relax says:

    Yippee, a new cast!
    Thanks for the link to the new podcast. Most books, yum!
    Haven’t listened yet, but downloading.

  2. Heather says:

    Thanks for the headsup, Paper. Problem fixed!

  3. Paper says:

    Hey missy! I just heard 56 and was to taken by your teaser that I had to listen to the new one! (Maybe it’s just my download, but I have a minute of dead space between the intro and the start of your talking. Ends at 1:22…)

  4. Irish Clover says:

    I graduated from a Liberal Arts College as an English Major and was not required to take Shakespeare. I did take him as one of my four required British Literature classes. My other options include Dickens, 17th Century British Poetry, Victorian Poetry and Prose, 18th Century Novels, and Milton among others. I was also required to take two American Literature courses. I remember taking Southern Literature and Modern Poetry. Of course, I had an extensive list of requirements to get my degree and the examples above are just a sub-set. Even though Shakespeare was not required, I had a very full list of excellent courses as options. Granted, one class I could have taken was “Baseball in Literature,” but trust me, the teacher would have been wonderful and it would have been a very solid class.

    My reaction to the Chicago Sun Times article is mixed. Is it truly a shame that Shakespeare is not being offered or is the article only focusing on the really horrible classes colleges are offering? In the example of my school, I believe they did an excellent job of introducing Shakespeare in the lower level classes, and fortunately, I went to a high school which also focused on Shakespeare. Even though my college did not require the Barb, he was definitely part of my classes every year.

    On a side note, every English major should see “The Complete Works of William Shakespear (abridged)”

  5. Tikabelle says:

    I think that this is the most frightening and true statement in the article–“Students can now graduate from most of the top-ranked colleges in America without having much meaningful exposure to anything.” But I also don’t think it’s entirely the fault of the colleges. I teach English and grammar at an after school tutoring program because elementary school teachers are so overworked they can’t fit anything outside the curriculum into their schedules – and grammar isn’t in the curriculum. Don’t get me started.

    Also, Shakespeare wasn’t really popular until the 1800’s. Before that, kids were required to read Milton and Dante instead. Where did those guys go? The changing fashion in authors has left Shakespeare alone for quite some time, but the sad part is I couldn’t tell you who is taking the Bard’s place.

    As an art history major, I must say that I think a required course in Dante would benefit me more than one in Shakespeare simply because of all the art based on The Divine Comedy. Which makes me wonder if the emphasis in “take whatever you want” is a backlash against the vocational school models of previous times.