Calgary CBC News published a story stating that Alberta education says there is a strong desire to have Shakespeare stripped from the high school curriculum, and I agree
As an English major, this may come off as a surprise to many. I thoroughly enjoy literature. Newspapers, blogs, books and columns, I love it all. As an 19-year-old Journalism student, I can honestly say I still don’t understand Shakespeare, nor did I find its teachings useful towards my future.
Many of us don’t as the language barrier continues, grasping at the raw idea of past stories told down the generations. I believe they’re more knowledgeable and educational books in the world that can actually teach life lessons rather than scaling through SparkNotes to translate Shakespearean language.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tells the story of racism, educational integrity and follows the story of a black teenager as she uses her voice to speak up against political standards.
Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler is a collection of pieces written by young woman around the world as they share their stories of suicide, pregnancy and family issues.
Anxiety Girl by Lacey London follows the life of a woman who suffers from anxiety and shares her captivating story of self-worth and mental health care.
Cracked by K.M. Walton follows the story of two young boys who both come from opposite life situations but both end up wanting to die. They are taught that you never know what someone else could be going through, no matter what they look like on the outside.
All these books demonstrate what our young adults need to know about the world they are growing up within. Racism, political standards, mental health, expectations and educational integrity are all still prevalent in today’s society and go unnoticed as they are just “ways of life” now.
I personally believe these books, along many others, would be so much more helpful to a teenagers life more so than Shakespeare.
What are your thoughts?