Florida schools will restrict access to Shakespeare in English classes

By | August 8, 2023

The Messenger reports:

Some Florida educators don’t plan on teaching William Shakespeare in full this fall.

Instead, they’re required to teach only excerpts of the plays in an effort to comply with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ conservative education policies.

Joseph Cool, a teacher at Gaither High School in Hillsborough County, told the Tampa Bay Times, “There’s some raunchiness in Shakespeare,” and he hardly blames the district for taking the “safe” route in limiting Shakespeare.

However, he still thinks the new policy is ridiculous. “I think the rest of the nation — no, the world, is laughing at us [sic]. Taking Shakespeare in its entirety out because the relationship between Romeo and Juliet is somehow exploiting minors is just absurd,” Cool said. [Continue reading…]

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