On Saturday, the Washington Post ran a guest editorial by a Sacramento schoolteacher that militates against assigning the works of Shakespeare to American high school students based on the fact that he was white.
The piece by Dana Dusbiber begins with a confession: “I am a high school English teacher. I am not supposed to dislike Shakespeare. But I do. And not only do I dislike Shakespeare because of my own personal disinterest [sic] in reading stories written in an early form of the English language that I cannot always easily navigate, but also because there is a WORLD of really exciting literature out there that better speaks to the needs of my very ethnically-diverse and wonderfully curious modern-day students.”
Dusbiber, who is herself white, says she avoids “Hamlet” and the other 36 plays, not to mention the sonnets, because her minority students shouldn’t be expected to study a ”a long-dead, British guy.” And while Shakespeare is widely regarded as perhaps the greatest English writer ever to live, Dusbiber says he only is regarded that way because “some white people” ordained it and that he can easily be replaced.
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