It appears the old bard is being shoved slowly but surely into the closet. The Department of Education thinks him, after 500 years, no longer relevant to the education of a diverse population in the American public school system, so it looks like the EPA manual will replace poor Hamlet. There is much to be learned from the values espoused in classical literature. Emotions are pulled in every direction as one learns of compassion from Victor Hugo, of survival from Jack London, of destitution from Charles Dickens, of suffering from Hemingway and Steinbeck, and of freedom from Maya Angelou. Classical literature takes its readers to faraway lands and teaches the history of the ages from The Iliad to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Do your own research on Common Core, both the proposed reading and mathematics. It’s already eking its way in the public school curriculum, including the so-called “magnet” schools. Rest assured, classical literature will always be a vital part of the reading program throughout your child’s years at Timmerman School. We embrace Shakespeare and all his buddies!